Former Edmonton Anglican Priest Facing Addition Sexual Assault Charges
By Otiena Ellwand
March 8, 2016
|Gordon William Dominey|
An Anglican priest accused of sexually assaulting teenage boys at an Edmonton youth jail in the 1980s faces 17 additional charges after four more complainants came forward to police in the past month.
Edmonton police announced Tuesday that Gordon William Dominey, 63, is now facing a total of 18 sexual assault charges and nine gross indecency charges in relation to incidents that allegedly occurred while he was employed as a priest at the Edmonton Youth Development Centre.
Dominey was initially charged with five counts each of sexual assault and gross indecency in February after two complainants came forward to police in September and then three other alleged victims were identified later.
Those complainants were allegedly abused at the youth centre between 1985 and 1989, when they were between the ages 14 to 17.
Dominey was arrested Feb. 4 in Coquitlam, B.C., and is believed to have lived in British Columbia since 1990. While living there, Dominey was employed as a parish priest.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday in Edmonton.
When Edmonton police first announced the sexual assault charges in early February, they said they believed there may be “additional victims and witnesses.” They asked anyone with information about “Father Gord” or who may have been a victim of sexual assault themselves to come forward.
The youth centre, located on about 17 hectares at 40 Street and 132 Avenue, was run by the provincial government as an institution for female young offenders in the 1960s and became a coed facility the following decade.
Also called Kikino, it was later used as an open-custody facility until it closed in 1990. At the time, 30 to 40 per cent of the inmates were aboriginal.
The building was demolished in the 1990s and the property redeveloped.
Police have been in contact with former employees as part of the investigation.