Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Students Facing Nine New Charges

By Adrian Morrow
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2010

An 88-year-old Catholic priest and retired teacher accused of sexually abusing students in Toronto and Windsor has been charged with nine more counts of indecent assault, police said.

Father William Hodgson Marshall turned himself in to police in downtown Toronto Thursday, where he was formally charged. Three of the counts relate to incidents in Toronto and six to alleged victims in Sudbury.

Toronto police declined to say when the alleged assaults happened or where; Father Marshall was previously charged with abusing a 15-year-old boy in the fall of 1953 at St. Michael's College School, a private, all-boys Catholic school in Toronto.

Sudbury police said Father Marshall is accused of assaulting six students between January 1960 and December 1970, when he worked at St. Charles College.

Father Marshall worked as a mathematics teacher and basketball coach at several schools in Canada and the United States, and performed missionary work on the Carribbean Island of St. Lucia. His posting in Sudbury was his longest, lasting 17 years.

He was recalled from active duty in 1996 after the religious order he belongs to, the Congregation of St. Basil, received a complaint about him. He first went to a facility in Maryland that offers programs for Catholics with psychological and spiritual problems, then retired at a Basilian-run home in downtown Toronto.

Police in Windsor laid the first criminal charge against Father Marshall last spring. They laid three more charges over the summer.


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