Vegas Priest Sought in Sex Assault

Winnipeg Sun [Las Vegas NV]
January 28, 2007

Police were searching for a Catholic priest they believe may have sexually assaulted and struck a woman at a church.

Authorities said they were called to Our Lady of Las Vegas Roman Catholic Church on Friday evening by someone who heard a woman in the church cry for help.

Officers found a church employee who said she had been assaulted and hit in the head with an object by a priest. Investigators consider Rev. George Chaanine a person of interest, police spokesman Bill Cassell said.

Police closed the grounds of the church, which is about seven kilometres west of the Las Vegas Strip, for about an hour while they searched for Chaanine.

The victim was treated and released.


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