José Gildásico de Sousa Silva
Native of Brazil: Diocese of Oeiras, Brazil. Ordained 2003. Allegedly serving in Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario since October 2009. September 2011 charged with the 18 September 2011 sexual assault of 18-year-old boy.
He is now a fugitive. Sometime prior to his 09 May 2012 court-date Father Silva fled Canada for Brazil. As unbelievable as it sounds, the assistant Crown attorney aided his exodus. A deal was struck between defence and Crown allowing Silva to leave the country on condition he not return – if he returns he will be arrested.
A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR FATHER SILVA’S ARREST.(But, …thanks to the Ontario Crown who brokered a very sweet deal with Silva’s lawyer, Father Silva is safely tucked away in Brazil and well beyond the arm of Canadian law)
(Scroll down for MEDIA coverage)
10 October 2012: Letter from Mike Fitzgerald to Nicholson
10 October 2012: Letter from Mike Fitzgerald to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Next court date:
20 July 2012: 10 am, Hamilton court house, Hamilton, Ontario; 09 May 2012: FAILED TO APPEAR); 26 January 2012: Hamilton court house – to set next court date for next appearance; 17 November 2011, bail hearing, Hamilton court house, Hamilton, Ontario; 10 November 2011. Hamilton court house, Hamilton, Ontario; 13 October 2011 (adjourned)
File # 11-7176
16 March 2013: Nothing new on probe into Crown’s deal with priest
10 October 2012: Ministry continues to probe deal that let priest avoid sex charge
10 October 2012: Ministry continues to probe deal that let priest avoid sex charge
01 August 2012: Letters to Ed. re Father Jose Silva’s ‘sweet deal’
28 July 2012: Silva case damages respect for courts
25 July 2012: Could Crown and defence face charges?
23 July 2012: ‘Priest dumping’ case troubling
17 July 2012: SILVA CASE: ‘Out of sight, out of mind’
13 July 2012: ‘Mr. Silva will not be present today’
12 July 2012: Accused priest: ‘He should have been prosecuted’
12 July 2012: ‘I feel he should have been prosecuted’
11 July 2012: Going inside the Silva ‘flee’ deal
10 July 2012: Priest with sexual assault charge in Brazil
10 July 2012: Warrant issued for fugitive Hamilton priest
10 November 2011: Priest headed for bail hearing
13 October 2011: Hamilton priest charged with sex assault resigns post
12 October 2011: October Hamilton Diocese press release re Fathere Jose Silva
23 September 2011: Hamilton Diocese Press Release re charges against Father Jose Silva
Bishops of Hamilton Diocese since Jose Silva’s arrival in 2009: Anthony Frederick Tonnos (02 May 1984 – 24 September 2010); David Douglas Crosby, omi (24 September 2010 – )
Bishop of Oeiras Diocese Brazil: Juarez Sousa Da Silva (27 February 2008- ); Bishop Augusto Alves da Rocha (24 October 2001 – 27 February 2008)
18 September 2011: allegations of sex assault
2011: pastor at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church (Portugese), Park St. North, Hamilton, Ontario. Shown as incaridnated outside Canada but serving in Canada (CCCD)
01 October 2009: started serving in Hamilton Diocese (Diocese)
2010: not listed in directory (CCCD)
08 February 2003: ORDAINED
22 September 1977: DOB
City priest faces sex assault charge
24 September 2011
A Hamilton Catholic priest has been charged with sexual assault.
Father Jose Silva, 34, a popular parish priest at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Street North for the past two years, was arrested by Hamilton police Thursday afternoon.
Silva, who appeared in Hamilton court for a bail hearing Friday morning, is charged with sexual assault following a complaint about an incident during a festival held in the church courtyard Sept. 18.
He was released on a surety and will return to court Oct. 13.
Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings said the investigation and arrest followed a complaint by an 18-year-old youth playing in a band booked at a festival in the church courtyard. At about 6:30 p.m., while the band was on a break, Collings said a priest struck up a conversation about him playing guitar. The young man was invited to the priest’s residence on the parish property, to see a guitar.
“Out of respect, the man went with the priest,” Collings said. “While he was with the priest, it is alleged he was sexually assaulted.”
Collings said the young man was able to leave unharmed and immediately called police.
Silva was arrested while on duty, but away from the church.
Collings said police are not aware of any other complaints, but the incident is still under investigation.
José Gildásico de Sousa Silva, a native of Brazil, has worked in Hamilton since October 2009. He was ordained on Feb. 8, 2003.
The Diocese of Hamilton is “shocked and distressed,” to learn of the arrest, said Monsignor Vincent Kerr, chancellor of the diocese.
“He is a young, popular and enthusiastic priest who has come to us from Brazil to serve the needs of the Portuguese-speaking community in the City of Hamilton,” Kerr said in a statement. Silva came to Hamilton with “appropriate recommendations” from his Brazilian bishop and “there have been only compliments about the quality of his work during his time with us.”
Hamilton police charge priest in sexual assault of man, 18, during church event
24 September 2011 Last Updated: Sept. 24, 2011 4:06 AM ET
The Hamilton Police Service has charged a priest with sexual assault after an alleged encounter with a teenage Brampton musician last Sunday. The 18-year-old musician was part of a band that was providing the entertainment during a festival in the courtyard of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton’s north end. Hamilton police say that during one of the band’s breaks, at approximately 6: 30 p.m., the parish priest, Father Jose Silva, invited the band member to his residence nearby to look at a guitar he owned. “Out of respect, the man went with the priest,” a police statement says. “While the man was with the priest he was sexually assaulted.
The victim was able to leave the home unharmed and immediately contacted police to report what had happened.” The musician’s name is banned from publication. Police investigated the incident and on Thursday arrested the 34-year-old priest.
Hamilton priest charged with sexual assault
Fri Sep 23 2011
It’s alleged that the Catholic priest drew the man aside during a break in the festival, which happened on Sunday, and struck up a conversation. The priest, police say, then invited the man back to his house.
The man went with him “out of respect,” according to a police news release, and was sexually assaulted.
The incident happened at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish on Park St. N. in Hamilton’s north end.
Jose Silva, 34, is charged with sexual assault.
Hamilton priest charged with sex assault of 18-year-old man
Sep 23, 2011 11:20:10 AM
The alleged victim is an 18-year-old man from Brampton, Ont.
Police said the alleged assault happened during a festival in the courtyard of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamilton last Sunday. The victim was a member of a band performing at the event.
Police said the priest invited the band member back to his residence on parish property to look at a guitar he owned, and that’s when the assault happened.
The young man left the home and immediately called police.
Jose Silva, 34, has been charged with one count of sexual assault.
Local Catholic Priest charged with Sexual Assault
Hamilton Police Service website
23 September 2011
The Hamilton Police Service has arrested and charged a local Catholic priest after investigating allegations of sexual assault that happened at a parish in the North End of Hamilton.
On Sunday, September 18th, 2011, the St. Mary’s Catholic parish located on Park St. N. held a festival in their courtyard. A band from the Toronto area was the entertainment for the event.
It is alleged that at approximately 6:30 p.m., while the band was on a break, the parish priest, Jose SILVA, approached one of the band members and struck up a conversation with him about playing guitar. The band member, an 18 yr. old man from Brampton, was invited back to the priest’s residence, a home on the parish property, to look at a guitar he owned. Out of respect, the man went with the priest. While the man was with the priest he was sexually assaulted. The victim was able to leave the home unharmed and immediately contacted police to report what had happened.
The Hamilton Police Service Victims of Crime Unit continued to investigate and on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at approximately 1:30 p.m., arrested Jose SILVA. He was held for a bail hearing scheduled for today.
Charged: Jose SILVA, 34 (m) of Hamilton
Charges: Sexual Assault
Sgt. Terri-Lynn Collings
Hamilton Police Service