Trial was scheduled to be held in Bathurst court in May
CBC News Posted: Apr 03, 2016 6:15 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 03, 2016 6:15 PM AT
Former New Brunswick priest Charles Picot, who was set to go to trial for charges of sexual assault, has died in Montreal.
Picot, 69, was scheduled to stand trial in May in Bathurst court on sex-related offences dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The trial had already been delayed twice due to his health.
Picot had previous sexual assault convictions dating back to 1993 and 2011. He was acquitted of similar charges in another trial in 2010.
Picot left the diocese of Bathurst in 1993.
Charles Picot is dead
03 April 2016
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Former priest Charles Picot, who was to stand trial in New Brunswick for sexual assault, died in Montreal at the age of 69.
Charles Picot, former parish priest of Mount Carmel Bathurst, was accused of indecent assault, sexual assault and gross indecency for acts allegedly committed against two underage boys in the early 1980s.
He was to stand trial in Bathurst on 10 and 11 May The proceedings had been postponed several times because of his health. He suffered from cancer.
Picot was convicted twice of sexual assault in 1993 and 2011. He was acquitted of similar charges in another trial in 2010.
The Diocese of Bathurst does not comment .
The funeral will be held in Montreal on April 15th.