The Expositor (Brantford, Ontario)
Thursday, August 23, 2012 4:04:29 EDT PM
A charge of assault laid against a Brantford Roman Catholic priest has been withdrawn but church officials say that Rev. Mark Sullivan will not return to St. Basil’s Church.
“It doesn’t appear he will be returning to St. Basil’s,” said Monsignor Murray Kroetsch, of the Diocese of Hamilton.
Sullivan, 49, was charged with assault in May after a young girl alleged she had been grabbed by the arm and pinned in a chair during the previous autumn. She was not injured.
That charge was withdrawn in Ontario Court on Aug. 13 and Sullivan was placed on a 12-month bond to keep the peace.
Sullivan had been suspended from his duties as a pastor at St. Basil’s after being charged but following the withdrawal of the charge, his suspension from public ministry has been lifted, Kroetsch said.
For the time being, Sullivan will be living at the mother house of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Hamilton.
St. Basil’s Church is being served by a visiting priest until the appointment of another pastor, Kroetsch said.