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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.

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