Alleged Sex Abuse Victim of Ex-Priest Relieved Authorities Acting on His Complaints

I News 880
October 14, 2010

TORONTO - A former Catholic priest is facing a third set of sexual abuse charges in Ontario, and an alleged victim says he's relieved that authorities are finally listening to his concerns.

Ted Holland says he was "mildly elated" after hearing that a warrant was out for the arrest of Rev. William Hodgson Marshall.

Holland says he complained to authorities in 1998 but was told it was his word against Marshall's.

The former Basilian priest who lives in a retirement home in Toronto is facing six counts of indecent assault for abuse allegedly occurring against students he taught in Sudbury, Ont. between January 1960 and December 1970.

Marshall, 88, was also recently charged with four counts of indecent assaults and two charges of sexual assault dating back to the mid-1950s, and the 1980s in Windsor, Ont., schools.

In Toronto, Marshall faces two counts of indecent assault stemming from alleged sexual assaults involving a former student at St. Michael's College in 1953.

Windsor police say the sex-related charges against the former high school teacher and principal are being transferred to Windsor from Toronto and Sudbury.

The allegations have not been tested in court.

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