Hearing into Sex Charges against Priest Set

London Free Press [Canada]
February 24, 2006

CHATHAM -- A hearing into sexual abuse charges against a retired Chatham priest was set for April 18.

Crown attorney Paul Bailey and Charles Sylvestre's defence lawyer, Andrew Bradie, agreed on the hearing date yesterday.

Sylvestre faces 45 charges of sexual assault against 35 women.

Four alleged victims came forward earlier this month.

The charges relate to when Sylvestre was a priest at various parishes in the Diocese of London -- including Chatham, Pain Court, Sarnia, London and Windsor -- between 1954 and 1985.

Justice Bruce Thomas said he needed the added time to review new information, including four new alleged victims, before the hearing takes place.


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