Ex-Priest Pleads Guilty in Dozens of Abuse Cases

Globe and Mail [Canada]
August 4, 2006

Chatham -- A retired Southwestern Ontario priest pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing dozens of young girls between 1954 and 1985.

Charles Sylvestre pleaded guilty to 47 of 61 sex-abuse charges and is to be sentenced Oct. 6. After the plea was entered, the diocese of London issued an apology, expressing deep regret to the victims.

In court statements, the victims detailed how the priest used candy to lure young girls to sit on his lap while he fondled their breasts and genitals.

A London woman has filed a civil lawsuit against him, claiming he abused her while she was a student at Mount St. Joseph's Academy in London around 1958.


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