Father Javier de los Angeles Cortazar will not have a criminal record
18 April 2017
A stay of proceedings has been granted in a sexual assault case against a Roman Catholic priest who served three rural parishes in northwestern Saskatchewan.
Father Javier de los Angeles Cortazar, 48, was charged in 2014 after an incident at a cabin near Goodsoil, Sask. The alleged victim’s name was subject to a publication ban.
On the second day of Cortazar’s trial, Justice Gary Meschishnick issued the stay of proceedings. Cortazar leaves court without a criminal record.
After he was first charged in 2014, Cortazar continued to preside over weekly services and sacraments for parishioners in Goodsoil, Loon Lake and Pierceland.
The Diocese of Prince Albert’s website currently lists Cortazar as being “on leave.”
No one from the diocese has returned CBC’s calls for comment.