Trial begins Tuesday for former priest accused of stealing $180,000 from church

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The Windsor Star

Published on: November 23, 2015 | Last Updated: November 23, 2015 7:14 PM EST

Former Ste. Anne Parish priest Robert Couture is pictured in this 2009 file photo. Couture is facing charges with theft over $5,000.
Former Ste. Anne Parish priest Robert Couture is pictured in this 2009 file photo. Couture is facing charges with theft over $5,000. Dan Janisse / Windsor Star

Jury selection has wrapped up for a former Catholic priest who allegedly pilfered more than $180,000 from his church.

Robert Couture, the former priest of Ste. Anne Parish in Tecumseh, is charged with theft over $5,000.

Jury selection took several hours Monday in Superior Court, as lawyers whittled down the pool of potential jurors from several dozen to three women and nine men.

Couture, who was also a supply teacher with the local French Catholic school board, is accused of stealing the money between August 2002 and May 2010. He was arrested in 2013 following a two-year investigation. The probe began after a forensic audit by the London diocese picked up some irregularities. Diocese officials called police.

Couture’s trial begins Tuesday. It’s expected to last three weeks.

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