New Brunswick Clergyman Facing Charges

By the Canadian Press
Globe and Mail

August 7, 2008

PLASTER ROCK, N.B. A prominent New Brunswick clergyman and former political candidate faces charges for alleged sex crimes dating back more than three decades.

Fred Douglas Hanson, 59, of Somerville, has stepped down as moderator of the Atlantic Canada Association of Free Will Baptists and relinquished his post as pastor of the Plaster Rock Free Will Baptist Church.

The charges were filed simultaneously in courts in Grand Falls and Woodstock earlier this week.

RCMP say they include sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation and involve multiple complainants, some of whom were children at the time of the alleged offences.

Mr. Hanson ran unsuccessfully for the provincial Conservatives in 1995 but cut ties with the party after failing to secure a candidacy in 1998.


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