Disgraced priest to return to court

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Convicted child molester and former Catholic priest Donald Grecco will return to court next month to answer to child-sex charges.

The 76-year-old was to appear in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on Thursday but his lawyer attended on his behalf and requested the matter be adjourned until Feb. 28.

The Ontario Provincial Police arrested Grecco in the fall of 2015 and charged him with two counts of gross indecency and indecent assault on a male.

Police say the investigation looked into incidents alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 1982 in Niagara Falls, Haldimand County and the United States.

During that time, Grecco was a priest at St. Thomas More Church in Niagara Falls, St. Kevin’s in Welland and St. Stephen’s in Cayuga.

Grecco previously served at St. Mary’s in Welland, St. Alexander in Fonthill, St. George’s in Crystal Beach and St. Vincent de Paul in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Grecco pleaded guilty in 2010 to molesting three altar boys in the 1970s and 1980s, in both Welland and Cayuga. He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars and two years’ probation.

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