Sexual assault trial begins against former Catholic priest

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The Sarnia Observer

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:53:19 EDT PM

  By Neil Bowen, Sarnia Observer

A woman in her forties testified about a “rough and weird” sexual involvement with a former Catholic priest when she was 15 during a Superior Court trial today in Sarnia.

Gabriele DelBianco, 57, has been charged with 16 sexual offences involving four women during the 1980s.

The first witness in the trial that began today said DelBianco had been like a rock star when she met him at her church when she was 12.

DelBianco drove a sports car wore flashy clothes and gave entertaining sermons.

“I kind of idolized him'” said the woman.

During an overnight visit to a Lambton Shores cottage DelBianco gave her alcohol and they showered together. On the bathroom floor she performed oral sex on him and he digitally penetrated her vagina in what she called “rough and weird” sex.

During the relationship that lasted until she was 19 or 20 she had mixed feeling including feeling like she had been chosen.

DelBianco said he loved her and treated her like a confidant which included telling her he was a CIA spy.

DelBianco was charged in 2011 with offences involving four girls that allegedly occurred between 1981 and 1987. He left the priesthood in 1996 after serving at churches in Wallaceburg and Windsor.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

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Sexual assault trial begins against former Catholic priest

The London Free Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:53:19 EDT PM

     By Neil Bowen, Sarnia Observer

A woman in her forties testified about a “rough and weird” sexual involvement with a former Catholic priest when she was 15 during a Superior Court trial today in Sarnia.

Gabriele DelBianco, 57, has been charged with 16 sexual offences involving four women during the 1980s.

The first witness in the trial that began today said DelBianco had been like a rock star when she met him at her church when she was 12.

DelBianco drove a sports car wore flashy clothes and gave entertaining sermons.

“I kind of idolized him'” said the woman.

During an overnight visit to a Lambton Shores cottage DelBianco gave her alcohol and they showered together. On the bathroom floor she performed oral sex on him and he digitally penetrated her vagina in what she called “rough and weird” sex.

During the relationship that lasted until she was 19 or 20 she had mixed feeling including feeling like she had been chosen.

DelBianco said he loved her and treated her like a confidant which included telling her he was a CIA spy.

DelBianco was charged in 2011 with offences involving four girls that allegedly occurred between 1981 and 1987. He left the priesthood in 1996 after serving at churches in Wallaceburg and Windsor.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

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Sexual assault trial begins against former Catholic priest

Chatham Daily News

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:53:19 EDT PM

By Neil Bowen, Sarnia Observer

A woman in her forties testified about a “rough and weird” sexual involvement with a former Catholic priest when she was 15 during a Superior Court trial today in Sarnia.

Gabriele DelBianco, 57, has been charged with 16 sexual offences involving four women during the 1980s.

The first witness in the trial that began today said DelBianco had been like a rock star when she met him at her church when she was 12.

DelBianco drove a sports car wore flashy clothes and gave entertaining sermons.

“I kind of idolized him'” said the woman.

During an overnight visit to a Lambton Shores cottage DelBianco gave her alcohol and they showered together. On the bathroom floor she performed oral sex on him and he digitally penetrated her vagina in what she called “rough and weird” sex.

During the relationship that lasted until she was 19 or 20 she had mixed feeling including feeling like she had been chosen.

DelBianco said he loved her and treated her like a confidant which included telling her he was a CIA spy.

DelBianco was charged in 2011 with offences involving four girls that allegedly occurred between 1981 and 1987. He left the priesthood in 1996 after serving at churches in Wallaceburg and Windsor.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

4 Responses to Sexual assault trial begins against former Catholic priest

  1. Sylvia says:

    I commend every one of the complainants who went to police and now have found the courage to testify at trial. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. breath says:

    I to pray for you may our voices of support you through the legal process. You are believed you are supported you are stronger then the worst nightmares. You are the leaders for the rest of us out of the darkness of deniel. I have no words to say I do appologise that to voices of the us were drowned out by the non believers. I pray that peace and colours come back into your worlds. sincerly me

  3. Amber says:

    Stay strong, my sisters.

  4. Monica says:

    Interesting the sordid details the press chooses to report…

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