Friday, October 22, 2010

Priest To Face Abuse Trial In Windsor

Ontario: Rev. William Hodgson Marshall, 88, was first charged in May with one count of sexual assault related to alleged incidents in Windsor in the early 1980s. Since then, 15 more people in Windsor, Sudbury and Toronto have come forward alleging they were also victimized by Marshall.

Six people in Windsor, six in Sudbury and four in Toronto, at least some of them former students at Catholic schools where Marshall was assigned, have accused the Basilian priest of abusing them. The charges relate to alleged incidents dating back as far as 1953.

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Marshall bounced from city to city during his nearly five decades as an active priest before moving to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where he carried out missionary work from 1989-96. After leaving the Caribbean island, Marshall was placed at the Saint Luke Institute in Silver Springs, Md., which offers a treatment program for clerics with psychological or spiritual problems