Police lay additional sex-abuse charges against former Ottawa priest

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William Barry McGrory, 83, was first charged last November with historical sex offences

CBC News

Posted: Mar 10, 2017 5:01 PM ET   Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017 5:01 PM ET

By Joe Lofaro, CBC News

Ottawa police have laid more criminal charges against a former Ottawa priest who was already facing allegations of sexual abuse involving a minor.

Police said Friday they have laid four new charges against William Barry McGrory, 83, in relation to two new male complainants. The incidents happened in the 1960s at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and St. Philips Church in Richmond, according to police.

McGrory was charged with two counts each of indecent assault and gross indecency, which were Criminal Code offences in place at the time.

Last November, Ottawa police laid four historical sex offences against the former priest after a man came forward with an allegation he was sexually assaulted when he was 15. At the time, McGrory was living in Toronto, but police said he used to be a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

After he was charged in 2016, the archdiocese 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.

In a news release to the media on Friday, police asked anyone with information to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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