April 30, 2020
‘I hope this final victory will give hope to other sexual abuse victims to come forward and seek justice’
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Catholic Church concerning damages awarded to a former Sudbury high school student.
Lawyer Rob Talach says Father Hodgson Marshall was convicted of sexually abusing his client, Rod MacLeod, who was a student at St. Charles College from 1963-1967.
In 2011, Marshall was ultimately convicted of abusing 17 young people over his 38-year career. He served two years in federal prison and died in 2014.
Talach said today’s Supreme Court decision puts a definitive end to the long legal battle, and upholds the judgement on damages of more than $2.5 million dollars, including $500,000 in punitive damages.
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