August 18, 2022

A retired priest has been charged with indecent assault following a decade-long investigation right into a residential faculty in Manitoba, Canadian police mentioned on Friday.

Arthur Masse, 92, was arrested and charged on Thursday with a single cost of indecent assault on a 10-year-old lady at Fort Alexander Residential College in Manitoba.

The assault by Masse came about between 1968 and 1970 whereas the lady was a scholar and the allegations had been introduced ahead in February 2010. A prison investigation was launched in 2011.

“The scale and scope of this investigation has meant a few years of investigative work,” mentioned Sgt. Paul Manaigre, Media Relations Officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Manitoba.

The varsity was constructed on the territory of the Sagkeeng First Nation and closed in 1970. Reuters was unable to instantly attain the priest or his lawyer for remark.

Canada’s residential faculty system operated between 1831 and 1996 to assimilate indigenous youngsters. They had been run by a number of Christian denominations on behalf of the federal government, most by the Catholic Church.

A report launched in 2015 by the Fact and Reconciliation Fee of Canada documented the atrocities, together with rape and malnutrition, suffered by lots of the youngsters who attended the colleges.

RCMP Officers mentioned they obtained 75 witness and sufferer statements, however because of the passage of time, many could not take part.

“The emotional trauma skilled by victims of abuse could be very actual, and regardless of the years that intervened between the alleged occurrences and when police had been investigating, that trauma continues to be current,” Manaigre mentioned.

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That is the one investigation into residential colleges underway by the Manitoba RCMP, it mentioned.

Pope Francis will go to Canada on the finish of July and is anticipated to apologize for the Catholic Church’s position in operating the colleges.

Masse was launched with situations that he’ll seem in courtroom on July 20.