February 03, 2006

Police hear more allegations against priest

The Ottawa Citizen

Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, February 03, 2006

Several more people have contacted police with allegations since retired Pembroke-area priest Bernard Prince was accused of having sex with a 12-year-old boy in the 1960s, OPP said yesterday.

While police have only laid charges against Msgr. Prince in connection with the accusations from one victim, OPP Sgt. Kristine Cholette said additional complainants have come forward since police launched their investigation in May.

Retired from a senior Vatican post in 2004, Msgr. Prince -- described as having been a "personal friend" of Pope John Paul II -- was charged with buggery and indecent assault against a male. The complainant, now an adult, alleges he was assaulted at Msgr. Prince's cottage near Wilno in 1969.

An arrest warrant was issued for Msgr. Prince, who still lives in Rome, in mid-October.

Posted by kshaw at February 3, 2006 09:05 AM