Lawsuit Filed by Sylvestre's Victims

CD98.9 [Canada]
August 4, 2006

A retired 83-year-old priest who admitted to sexually abusing dozens of young girls for decades and the Roman Catholic Diocese of London are being sued by the priest's victims. Charles Sylvestre, who once served in Port Dover, pleaded guilty in Chatham to 47 of 61 sex abuse charges. A civil lawsuit has been launched by 22 of Sylvestre's victims. Lawyer Barbara Legate says the suit totals 88 million dollars and names several groups, including three former bishops at the diocese as well as Sylvestre. A suit by another law firm representing 14 victims is expected within 10 days. Court heard how Sylvestre used candy to lure victims to sit on his lap while he fondled their breasts and genitals. All of the victims were between the ages of nine and 14 at the time of the assaults, which went on throughout southwestern Ontario from 1954 to 1985.


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