Civil Suit Filed against Former Port Dover Priest

CD98.9 [Canada]
August 1, 2006

A former Port Dover priest has been named in a civil suit. Charles Sylvestre faces 61 counts of sexual abuse from 47 alleged victims from across Ontario.

London lawyer Aaron Lealess says a number of the women are seeking compensation. The charges against the 83-year-old Sylvestre of Belle River include indecent assault, sexual assault, and sexual intercourse with a female under 14 years old.

The assaults allegedly took place over a 31-year period beginning in 1954 and involve girls between the ages of nine and 14. Sylvestre is due back in a Chatham courtroom on Thursday.


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