William J Russell
Priest, Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario. Ordained 1979. GUILTY 2002 for sex abuse of teenage boy in the 70s (one charge of gross indecency withdrawn) Abuse transpired over two-year-period (1974-76) before Russell’s ordination to the priesthood. Some of the abuse occurred at the rectory in Lakefield, just North of Peterborough. According to media, Russell worked for the Catholic School Board in Toronto. Seems to have lived in Basilian quarters during his time in Toronto, and at least one year was working with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Date he moved to Toronto unknown, but the 1988 CCCD gives a Toronto address. Brother of convicted child molester and teacher Frank Russell
Bishops of Peterborough Diocese from time of Father Russell’s ordination: James Leonard Doyle (24 May 1976 – 28 December 2002 ); Nicola de Angelis, C.F.I.C. (28 December 2002 – )
Archbishops of Toronto from time of Russell’s arrival: Gerald Emmett Carter (29 April 1978 -17 March 1990); Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic (17 March 1990 – 16 December 2006); Thomas Christopher Collins (16 December 2006 – )
Auxiliary Bishops of Toronto in the Archdiocese: Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic ( 26 March 1976 to appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop: 22 May 1986 and then as Archbishop 1990); Michael Pearse Lacey (03 May 1979 -to 31 May 1993); Robert Bell Clune (03 May 1979 – 27 December 1995); Leonard James Wall (03 May 1979 – 25 Feb 1992); John Stephen Knight (27 April 1992 – 9 April; 2000);Terrence Thomas Prendergast, S.J. (22 February 1995 -o 30 June 1998); Nicola de Angelis, C.F.I.C. (27 April 1992 to 28 December 2002); Anthony Giroux Meagher ( 30 Apr 1997 – 27 April 2002) ; Richard John Grecco (27 April 2002 -o 11 July 2009) ; Peter Joseph Hundt (11 February 2006 to 1 March 2011)
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Directories of that date the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD), Ontario Catholic Yearbook (OCY) and Media (M)
2015, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004: apartment on Maitland Place, Toronto, Ontario (CCCD)
2003, 2002: 207-4 Sherbourne St. North, Toronto, Ontario 416-515-1035 (CCCD)
2002: GUILTY. 18 months house arrest (M)
2000, 1999, 1998, 1995: 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto. Phone number: 416-925-4368 (This is a Basilian address. St. Basil. Congregation of St. Basil, Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Center and Faculty of Theology for St. Michael’s College) (CCCD)
1998: 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto, Ontario 416-925-4368 (address for Congregation of St. Basil, Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Center and Faculty of Theology for St. Michael’s College) (CCCD)
1997: Is this him? Part of the religious education team with OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education? http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Stones+for+bread%3A+the+training+of+Catholic+teachers.-a030473038 Actually Father William Russell is the one and only Father Russell in the 1997 & 1998 CCCDs, so it must be him. (CCCD)
1996: 435 Palmerston Blvd., Toronto, Ontario ( now Basilian Fathers Curial House. Is that what it was in ’96?) Father Russell’s phone number listed as: 416-925-4368 (CCCD)
1995: 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto, Ontario 416-925-4368 (address for Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Center and Faculty of Theology for St. Michael’s College) (CCCD)
1994, 1993, 1992, 1991: 435 Palmerston Blvd., Toronto, Ontario 416-516-1244 (CCCD)
1988: 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto, Ontario (CCCD)
1985-86: Pastor, St. John the Baptist RC Church, Peterborough, Ontario (CCCD)
diocesan contact for “Priestly Life” (CCCD)
diocesan contact for CWL (CCCD)
University Apostolate (CCCD)
1983-84: St. John the Baptist RC Church, Peterborough, Ontario (CCCD)
1983-84: diocesan contact for “Priestly Life” (OCY)
1983: address for Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, Port Hope, Ontario (CCCD)
1982-83: address for Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, Port Hope, Ontario (CCCD)
1982-83: diocesan contact for “Priestly Life” (OCY)
1980: at St. Paul’s in Lakefield with Father L.M. Leahy (OCD)
October 1974-December 1976: paying a boy for sex acts. Russell was molesting the boy at his, Russell’s, home, and at St. Paul’s rectory in Lakefield, Ontario. (Pastor at St. Paul’s Father Leo M. Leahy?)
Peterborough priest sentenced to house arrest for sexually assaulting boy
26 February 2002
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP) – A local Roman Catholic priest has received a 15-month stay-at-home jail sentence after being found guilty of indecently assaulting an adolescent boy for a two-year period in the 1970s.
Rev. William Russell, 55, pleaded guilty two months ago to indecently assaulting the boy between Oct. 1, 1974, and Dec. 31, 1976. A charge of gross indecency was withdrawn.
The incidents occurred prior to Russell’s ordination and involved repeatedly engaging in oral sex with the boy.
Court heard how Russell sexually assaulted the boy after mass on Sundays, sometimes at Russell’s home in Peterborough and sometimes at a parish priest’s apartment in Lakefield, just north of Peterborough.
A court order prohibits the publication of any evidence that may identify the victim.
Russell eventually became a parish priest in Toronto, where he worked for the Catholic school board.
Ont. priest pleads guilty to fellatio with boy after Sunday mass 25-years ago
10 December 2001
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP) – For two years before he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, Father William Russell engaged in fellatio with an adolescent boy, Superior Court of Justice heard Monday.
Russell, now 55, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a male for paying the boy for fellatio after mass on Sundays during the mid-1970s.
The incidents took place at Russell’s home and at a parish priest’s apartment that adjoined the rectory of St. Paul’s Church in Lakefield, Ont.
“In the aftermath of sexual episodes, Father Russell would give the boy $10 or $20,” Crown attorney Jim Hughes told court.
At the time, Hughes told court, Russell was a pastoral assistant and an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, who dealt with altar servers and the Catholic Women’s League at the church.
He said on occasion Russell and the boy, who went to Sunday service on his own, would go to breakfast together after mass, and then to Russell’s house or elsewhere.
“The friendship developed to a point where Father Russell would engage in fellatio on a sporadic basis,” Hughes said.
Hughes said the boy had no sexual experience before meeting Russell.
A court order prohibits publication of any evidence that may identify the victim.
Court heard that after being a pastoral assistant for five years, Russell went to a seminary and was subsequently ordained a priest at St. Paul’s.
Eventually, he became a parish priest in Toronto, where he worked with the Catholic school board, court heard.
Russell is expected to return to court on Feb. 22 for sentencing.