Former P.E.I. priest facing 38 sex-related charge

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The Guardian (Charlottetown, PEI)

Published on December 14, 2011

As a result of a 16-month investigation the RCMP has laid 38 charges against Father George Smith in relation to numerous sex-related incidents that have alleged to have occured between 1969 and 1989.

Smith was suspended from his duties as a P.E.I. priest in May 2010 following an allegation of innapropriate sexual touching originating from his time in Newfoundland more than two decades ago.

Smith was administrator at St. Malachy’s in Kinkora.

The RCMP will be following up with victims to ensure they are kept advised and their privacy protected.

Smith turned himself into police in Corner Brook today.

He was released conditionally to appear to appear in court on Feb. 23rd, 2012 for a plea.

“The priority for police at this time are the victims therefore few other details will be released,” said Sgt. Boyd Merrill of the RCMP.

“This investigation is sensitive and the victims are the priority”

 

In August, P.E.I. Bishop Richard Grecco said even before the scandal broke that Smith was intended to fill in only as administrator in Kinkora until a new pastor was found for the church.

“It simply meant we had to find one quicker than planned,” he said of the need to remove Smith from his post.

Grecco said at the time he hoped Smith’s situation will be resolved quickly.

“We’re still sad that this happened and I’m sure the people of Kinkora are,” he said.

“There is not much you can do but wait and see. I just know that there was shock from his departure and sadness.”

 

… More on this story throughout the day and in The Guardian tomorrow.

Comments

  • GRUMPEY
    – December 15, 2011 at 12:21:51

    and to think, if they could of got married, a great deal, possible not all, but a great deal of this could of been avoided. any religion that forbids marriage, will always have insest , and what did it prove, not having marriage in their religion?.

  • SPEAKING OUT
    – December 15, 2011 at 12:21:24

    Sex abuse is a horrible crime and now that people are speaking up and reporting it – we will hopefully be aware of how extensive this problem is in our world. Churches, Sports, and other activities involving the vulnerable. On a tangent – but look what is happening in Colleges in the USA? This is only the tip of the iceberg in my humble opinion. Unfortunately I wonder if we as parents – wanting some of our children to play in the NHL are unknowingly condoning this situation. Out of desperation to get into professional sports. It is disgusting.

  • JONNY SOUL
    – December 14, 2011 at 23:56:12

    Very proud to NOT be catholic

    • OPEN EYES
      – December 15, 2011 at 17:56:28

      What are you proud to be? A daddy? A teacher? A babysitter? A boyscout leader? A president of a country? Are you saying that it is only Catholic Priests that molest and that the teaching of the Catholic Church promotes it? Be proud if you want, but remember, pride comes beforeth a fall.

  • EMMA
    – December 14, 2011 at 23:56:07

    THIS IS JUST GROSS…………..If we can’t trust a priest who can we trust………. Some people need their head (which ever) examined. It seems there is not a week goes by that you do not read in the paper of sexual assault…… FUNNY that is always men too…

  • SG
    – December 14, 2011 at 19:14:03

    I was born and raised a Catholic and attended church regularly from childhood to adult hood. Following the recent number of reports regarding abuse by priests across the world I stopped going to Church. I know there are many priests who are priests for all the right reasons and live their lives according to their Vows. I’ve met many. However I just don’t have the same feeling about the Catholic Church. I used to have a good feeling after attending a Sunday or Weekday Mass. I don’t have that feeling anymore. I’ve found I can enjoy that same feeling by reading the Bible at home and contributing to the many in humanitarian programs throughout our Island Communities as well as abroad.

  • JOHN MALONE
    – December 14, 2011 at 17:13:43

    The Bishop needs to look at him self.Smith was left there till they got a priest??? Also where does he get the sadness from. Maybe we to ask if there are any more men( PRIEST) filling in till he finds someone else. The Bishop should be looking out for the people and not the SEX offeners.

    • CAPTAIN CANUCK
      – December 14, 2011 at 19:16:42

      Read the article again, John.

  • MELL
    – December 14, 2011 at 17:09:29

    This is disgusting, but it is not just in PE or NFLD-it has been all over the country for years and it has been ignored by the higher ups in the church. Priests and nuns have abused innocents for years. The church I attend a few weeks ago took up a special collection for priests retirement fund- give me a break! All the money that had been in the Catholic church for years and the money, and well spent, to settle lawsuits for those abused, there would have been money for retirement! Also, the Catholic church recently purchased the Crystal Palace church in California which was in debt for millions – then on a recent documentary, I saw Spain’s Lost babies (5th Estate or W5) where the priests and nuns in a catholic hospital in Spain told unwed mother’s their child died, but in fact, the child was sold to couples for thousands of dollars. One mother found her son in Texas after over 30 years. It is high time that the abusers get their full jail time. It is high time that the members of the Catholic church lift the veil and see the truth. I am Catholic, but it is hard for me to see this on and on and on. I go to church for other reasons. These people will pay in the hereafter if not here on earth.

    • WTF
      – December 14, 2011 at 19:14:34

      Why couldn’t they be beyond reproach like teachers, coaches, and the boy scouts?

  • SORRY TO HEAR
    – December 14, 2011 at 17:07:19

    Do you really need the picture of this Lovely Old Church, it’s about the Man not the Church…Really, give your head a shake. Sometimes I wonder who makes these decisions.

  • UNCLE WALLY
    – December 14, 2011 at 17:07:11

    Merry Christmas . . .

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