Friday, June 10, 2016

Women demand police re-open investigation into Ottawa priest with history of sex abuse

Two women who say they were victimized by Rev. Barry McGrory at Holy Cross Parish in the 1970s want the Ottawa Police Service to re-open a criminal investigation of the Catholic priest.

The women have both contacted lawyer Robert Talach, who will formally ask the police to launch a new investigation.

In Canada, there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault.

“They want the justice that was denied them in past,” said Talach, a London, Ont. lawyer who has represented dozens of clergy sexual abuse victims.

The Ottawa police have investigated McGrory in the past. This newspaper has learned that one of McGrory’s victims filed a sexual assault report with the Ottawa Police Service in March 1994.

According to the victim, that complaint did not result in criminal charges because the Crown attorney felt he did not have a reasonable chance of securing a conviction.  (more...)


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