Victim Not Suprised Priest Had Complaints from 1962

CD98.9 [Canada]
December 21, 2006

One of former priest Charles Sylvestre's victims says she's not surprised the London diocese has documents of sexual abuse claims dating back to 1962.

Lou Ann Soontiens of Chatham was abused by Sylvestre in the 1960s and 70s. Up until yesterday, it was believed the first allegations of abuse were made in 1989. The diocese says during a recent internal investigation of records, staff discovered three police witness statements from 1962. But they weren't put in his personnel file.

Sylvestre, who once worked as a priest in Port Dover, was sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of indecent assault against 47 girls last October.


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