Retired priest charged

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By Greg Peerenboom, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
Friday, October 30, 2015

A retired priest faces a criminal charge involving an incident with an adult male several weeks ago.

Fr. Denis Vaillancourt, 69, served under the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall in a number of capacities, including parish priest of Eglise Sacre-Coeur in Alexandria.

“Any allegation of improper conduct by a priest is an extremely serious matter,” said a diocese media release Friday afternoon.

“The Diocese has co-operated fully with local authorities,” states the release which indicated that Vaillancourt had been arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police.

A separate media release has not been issued by the OPP, so it is unclear as to what the charge or charges pertains.

“It would be inappropriate for diocesan officials to comment on the specifics of this case as it is currently a police matter,” the diocese further stated.

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