Retired priest headed to trial

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06 August 2010

A retired Roman Catholic priest is headed to trial to face a charge of indecent assault against a teenage boy. Father Charles Picot, who worked as a priest in northern New Brunswick for nearly two decades, was scheduled to appear in Campbellton provincial court Thursday for a preliminary hearing into the matter. But Picot was not in court, and his lawyer Gilles Lemieux waved his client’s right to a preliminary hearing. The case will go straight to trial. Picot will face a trial before judge and jury in Campbellton Court of Queen’s Bench. The trial date is scheduled to be set on Sept. 13. Picot has yet to enter a plea in the case. The alleged incident occurred in Dalhousie in 1978. Picot, who is now in his 60s, was ordained in the Diocese of Bathurst in 1972. Between 1975 and 1993, he worked as a priest in several parishes across northern New Brunswick, including Campbellton, Lamèque and Bathurst. He left the diocese in 1993 and now lives in Montreal. He no longer works in a parish.

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