January 12, 2006

Ex-priest faces more sex charges

London Free Press

Thu, January 12, 2006


CHATHAM -- Six more sexual assault charges were laid yesterday against a retired Roman Catholic priest.

Charles Henry Sylvestre, 83, of Belle River now faces 42 charges, including indecent assault, sexual interference with a female under 14 and attempted rape.

Sylvestre was pastor of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church from 1968 to 1980. He also worked at Pain Court's Immaculate Conception Church.

The new charges involve four more women who came forward with complaints of childhood sexual abuse, said Insp. George Flikweert of Chatham-Kent police. But the new charges don't stem from alleged incidents at Chatham-area parishes, he said.

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2006 07:21 AM