Pembroke Daily Observer
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:25:58 EST PM
PEMBROKE – Charges against a former Pembroke priest have been dropped.
The Crown formally withdrew two charges against Father Howard Chabot on Tuesday in a Pembroke provincial court. Crown attorney Jason Nicol told the court the charges were being withdrawn because there was “no reasonable cause for conviction.”
Justice Robert Selkirk consented to the Crown’s request. Chabot, 73, had been arrested July 29 and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of gross indecency. He had been represented by defense counsel Mark Huckabone.
He has served at Holy Name Parish in Pembroke. Chabot was ordained in 1968 and retired from full-time ministry in 2005 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish because of health problems. In 2009, he was honoured for more than 20 years service as chaplain for the Pembroke Police Service when he stepped down from the position.
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FATHER CHABOT HAS SEX CHARGES DROPPED
11/14/2013 5:32:25 AM
Charges have been dropped against former Pembroke priest Father Howard Chabot. He is one of several Pembroke diocese priests who have been charged or convicted of sexual misconduct over the last few years. The 73-year-old Chabot appeared in court Tuesday (Nov 12) and had a count of sexual assault and one charge of gross indecency withdrawn because the Crown felt there was no reasonable chance of a conviction. Chabot had been free on a recognizance since his arrest on July 29th. In addition to his parish duties – he served as chaplain to the Pembroke Police Service for 20 years.