February 16, 2006

Priest returns to face sex assault charges

The Ottawa Citizen

Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2006

A former Pembroke-area priest, wanted for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, was arrested at Montreal's Trudeau Airport after returning to Canada from Italy to surrender to authorities.

Canada Customs and Border Services agents arrested Msgr. Bernard Prince, 71, after he arrived on a flight from Rome just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

"He made a decision to leave his home and come here to face these charges," Msgr. Prince's lawyer, Chris Kelly, said yesterday.

An arrest warrant was issued for Msgr. Prince in mid-October for buggery and indecent assault on a male after a man, now in his 50s, alleged to Killaloe OPP last May that he was sexually assaulted in 1969 at a cabin owned by the priest near Wilno, west of Ottawa.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2006 07:44 AM