Former Ottawa Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy in Late "60s

CBC News
November 25, 2016

A former Ottawa priest has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the late '60s, and police believe there could be more victims.

Ottawa police began an investigation after receiving a complaint in September, the force said in a media release issued Friday.

William Barry McGrory, 82, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault on a male and two counts of gross indecency, which were Criminal Code offences in place at the time. He was expected to appear in court Friday.

McGrory currently lives in Toronto but used to be a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

The Archdiocese of Ottawa said in a statement that "McGrory's rights to minister, and present himself as a Catholic priest, were removed over 20 years ago."

The statement also said the archdiocese was "deeply saddened" by the arrest and charges.

"The Archdiocese of Ottawa encourages Catholics and all members of society to protect minors and other vulnerable persons and is committed to living up to its responsibilities and obligations to victims of sexual misconduct in the pursuit of justice and truth. The Archdiocese is committed to cooperating fully with the civil authorities during their criminal investigation," the statement said.

Investigators believe there could be other victims, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Ottawa police sexual assault unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944m or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.








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