Once convicted of sex crime, priest returns to church


A Nova Scotia priest who sexually assaulted a young altar boy more than three decades ago is once again preaching to a small-town Anglican congregation, an upsetting revelation to his victim.

Rev. Wayne Lynch pleaded guilty in 1999 to indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy in the 1970s. He received a conditional sentence of two years less a day and was placed on probation for 18 months.

Since then, he has been slowly regaining responsibilities at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Annapolis Royal, N.S. The church’s decision to welcome Lynch back has upset some parishioners, and particularly his victim.

“I was beyond stunned, I couldn’t comprehend that any organization like the Anglican Church could do something like that again to me after this many years,” Glenn Johnson told CTV News.

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