November 16, 2005

Police lay 31 more sex abuse charges against retired priest

Brandon Sun

By: The Canadian Press Email Story Printer Friendly Version

CHATHAM, Ont. A retired southwestern Ontario priest is behind bars after 29 more women came forward with complaints of childhood sexual abuse.

Chatham-Kent police laid 31 new counts against Charles Sylvestre on Monday, bringing the total sexual abuse charges the 82-year-old faces to 36.

Sylvestre, who lives in nearby Belle River, is charged with 29 counts of indecent assault, three charges of rape, three counts of sexual intercourse with a female under 14 years of age and one charge of attempted rape, said Det.-Const. Kate McArthur.

All of the alleged victims are females and were between the ages of nine and 14 at the time of the alleged incidents, McArthur said.

Posted by kshaw at November 16, 2005 06:29 AM