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Fernand Villeneuve - Hearst Priest faces sexual assault charges

26 February, 2020

Fernand Villeneuve

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Timmins The daily press reported that an 80-year old priest living in Hearst, Ont., has been charged in connection to allegations of sexual offences from the period between 1985 and 1992.

Ontario Provincial Police said the investigation was launched on Feb. 7, 2019, after a complainant came forward in regard to the incident happened between 1985 and 1992.

Provincial police have charged Fernand Villeneuve with sexual assault, sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age, gross indecency, sexual interference, an invitation to sexual touching involving someone under 16 years of age, indecent exposure to a person under 16 years of age, and two counts of sexual exploitation. 

Villeneuve is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on March 18.

If you have a complaint against Fernand Villeneuve or are a victim of sexual assault in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.

CBC News reported that John Rietveld, 67, of Ottawa has been charged with buggery, indecent assault on a male, two sexual assaults, two counts of sexual interference with someone under 16, and two counts of invitation to sexual touching of someone under 16. Ottawa police say the charges originate from incidents that happened between July 1, 1978, and March 31, 2006. The crimes were reported in the Niagara Region, Mississauga, Perth and Ottawa. If you have a complaint against John Rietveld or are a victim of sexual assault in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.

Frank Prevost —Warden of South Glengarry Mayor and United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is facing criminal charges following an online undercover operation. If you have a complaint against Frank Prevost or are a victim of sexual assault in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.

CBC News reported that Darren Green, a teacher of Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual interference and one count of sexual exploitation. Ottawa police say the charges originate from incidents involving a girl under 18 that allegedly took place between 2015 and 2018. If you have a complaint against Darren Green or are a victim of sexual assault in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.

CBC News reported that Rick Despatie a.k.a Rick Watkins an Ottawa high school math teacher has been charged with 45 more sex crimes involving children.

Global News reported that Jeff Peters, a former Perth, Ont., teacher has pleaded guilty to two sex offences. On April 29, Jeff Peters, a former Catholic school teacher in Perth, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching.