William Barry McGrory lives in Toronto but used to be a priest with Archdiocese of Ottawa
CBC News Posted: Nov 25, 2016 1:26 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 4:08 PM ET
A former Ottawa priest has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the late ’60s, and police believe there could be more victims.
Ottawa police began an investigation after receiving a complaint in September, the force said in a media release issued Friday.
William Barry McGrory, 82, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault on a male and two counts of gross indecency, which were Criminal Code offences in place at the time. He was expected to appear in court Friday.
McGrory currently lives in Toronto but used to be a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
The Archdiocese of Ottawa said in a statement that “McGrory’s rights to minister, and present himself as a Catholic priest, were removed over 20 years ago.”
The statement also said the archdiocese was “deeply saddened” by the arrest and charges.
“The Archdiocese of Ottawa encourages Catholics and all members of society to protect minors and other vulnerable persons and is committed to living up to its responsibilities and obligations to victims of sexual misconduct in the pursuit of justice and truth. The Archdiocese is committed to cooperating fully with the civil authorities during their criminal investigation,” the statement said.
Investigators believe there could be other victims, police said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Ottawa police sexual assault unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944m or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Former priest charged with historical sexual assault of then-15-year-old boy
Published Friday, November 25, 2016 1:53PM EST
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A former priest is facing charges in Ottawa after an investigation into allegations of historical sexual assault.
Ottawa Police say they received a complaint in September and began investigating the allegations of incidents that occurred in the late 1960s.
Police say the allegations involved a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa and a boy who was 15 years old at the time.
They say William Barry McGrory, now 82 and living in Toronto, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency.
Investigators say they’re concerned that there could be other victims.