Priest’s Case Starts Court Proceedings

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Photo of Ste.Anne Parish in Tecumseh courtesy of Google Images.

The case of a Windsor-area priest charged after a routine audit of his former parish turned up financial irregularities has appeared before a judge for the first time.

Provincial police charged 49-year-old Father Robert Couture with theft over $5,000 after a 2010 audit red-flagged $180,000 in irregularities at Ste.Anne Parish in Tecumseh. The Diocese of London said the audit was regular practice when a priest leaves a parish.

Couture, who was not in Ontario provincial court Tuesday, is accused of charging unusual expenses to the parish and of keeping a bank account in the parish’s name unbeknownst to the Diocese. Insurance has since recovered $169,000.

The case returns in three weeks giving Couture’s lawyer time to review the evidence.

3 Responses to Priest’s Case Starts Court Proceedings

  1. Marny Beale says:

    Where is the Robert Couture case? Did he attend the August court date ??

  2. Dean Fioret says:

    What happened to Robert Couture.
    Has he gone to jail?
    Has he been defrocked?
    This is another example of why people are disgusted and leaving the catholic church.
    I wonder if the church is paying for his legal bills.

    I’d say go to hell to couture, but hell would be to good for him

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