Catholic School's Ex-principal Faces More Charges

CBC News
September 24, 2010

Charges of sexual abuse are mounting against a former principal of Holy Names Catholic High School in Windsor, Ont.

William Hodgson Marshall, 88, was arrested in Toronto on Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecent assault.

Those accusations are in addition to charges Windsor police laid against Marshall earlier this year for alleged abuses there, including one count of sexual assault and five charges of indecent assault involving six victims. The charges date back to the 1980s and '50s.

Marshall was ordained as a priest in 1951 and from 1950 to 1954 taught at St. Michael's College in Toronto. He also coached basketball.

Police allege that in the fall of 1953 while at St. Michael's, he asked a 15-year-old boy to come to a private room at the school and sexually assaulted him there. None of the charges has been proven in court.

Marshall, also known as "Father Hod," also taught at Windsor's Assumption College from 1955 to 1957.

He then returned to St. Michael's in Toronto before moving to several Canadian cities in the '60s and '70s, including Saskatoon, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie.

In 1985, Marshall became the founding principal at the new Holy Names High School in Windsor. His picture still hangs there in the foyer.

He left the school in 1989 and was featured in the school yearbook. He signed his goodbye message with the line "pray for me."

Police are investigating whether there might be more victims in the cities where Marshall worked.

Marshall, who lives in a Toronto retirement home, is reportedly ailing from skin cancer. He is next scheduled to appear in court at Toronto's Old City Hall on Nov. 3.


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