The Daily Observer (Pembroke)
16 September 2010
Posted By SEAN CHASE
A judicial pre-trial for Monsignor Robert Borne began Monday at the provincial court in Pembroke with the case being adjourned until Oct. 7, assistant Crown attorney John Pepper confirmed.
The 61-year-old Roman Catholic priest, is to be tried on two counts each of gross indecency and indecent assault in relation to two alleged male victims. He has elected to be tried by judge alone in superior court. Msgr. Borne is being represented by Ottawa-based lawyer Robert Carew.
The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in 1977 and 1981.
A publication ban has been imposed to protect the identities of the alleged victims.
An investigation was launched by the Renfrew County Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police in January 2008 after receiving a complaint of an alleged sexual assault that occurred while a (then) teenage boy visited Msgr. Borne.
As a result of the original investigation others then came forward.
Charges in relation to three alleged victims were first laid against the monsignor in April 2009.
Then in June, police began looking into allegations that Msgr. Borne sexually assaulted other teenage boys.
He was arrested in June, 2009 when he turned himself in at the Renfrew Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
With files from Tina Peplinskie