Police probe priest who led rehab centre in Cape Breton

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The Canadian Press

Date: Friday Feb. 17, 2012 6:58 AM ET

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Father Paul Abbass has served as the executive director of Talbot House for 17 years.

HALIFAX — Police and the Nova Scotia government are looking into a complaint against a priest who headed up a rehabilitation centre for addicts in Cape Breton.

Officials with Talbot House say Reverend Paul Abbass has taken a leave of absence as executive director of the facility.

They are offering no details on the nature of the complaint.

The board of directors says it became aware of the complaint through the provincial Department of Community Services on February 2nd.

Board chairman John Gainer says the health and welfare of the facility’s residents is the board’s primary concern.

Abbass did not return messages yesterday seeking comment.

The Department of Community Services says it’s doing a review that will look at everything from financial oversight practices, programs and board management.

A police spokeswoman says someone from Talbot House raised concerns with them this week about one of their employees.

Desiree Vassallo says officers are looking into the matter to see if there are grounds for a criminal investigation.

 

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