Retired Priest, 82, Faces More Sex-Related Counts

By Larissa Barlow
London Free Press [Canada]
February 16, 2006

More sex-related charges will be laid against an 82-year-old retired Roman Catholic priest, Chatham-Kent police say.

Four more woman have come forward with complaints against Charles Sylvestre, who faces more than 40 charges involving more than two dozen Southwestern Ontario women.

No new charges were laid against Sylvestre when he appeared in court yesterday, but Chatham-Kent police Insp. George Flikweert said additional charges stemming from three complainants would likely be presented Feb. 23 at Sylvestre's next court date.

A complainant, who Flikweert said is from Windsor, is being interviewed by police.

Sylvestre is already charged with 42 sex-related charges.

They include indecent assault, rape, sexual intercourse with a female under 14 years of age and attempted rape.

The allegations date back to 1954.

Sylvestre was arrested Nov. 14, 2005, at his Belle River home after 29 women complained of childhood sexual abuse.

The women live in Chatham, Windsor, Sarnia and London.

Between 1968 and 1980, Sylvestre worked at St. Ursula's Roman Catholic parish in Chatham, where he was at one time the head pastor. He also worked at the parish of Immaculate Conception in Pain Court, west of Chatham.


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