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Priest faces 18 more sexual assault charges – OPP

Priest faces 18 more sexual assault charges – OPP

Beatrice Fantoni, Windsor Star

Published on: January 12, 2012 | Last Updated: January 12, 2012 2:37 PM EST

From the Link:

Linus Bastien, a former Catholic priest in Essex region faces 18 additional charges including sexual assault, OPP said in a statement on Thursday.

Seven victims have come forward and, as a result, Bastien was arrested and charged with counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and sexual interference.

The charges relate to events that allegedly occurred in the 1970s and 1980s when Bastien was assigned to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in LaSalle and St. Joachim Parish in Lakeshore.

The 85-year-old man was already charged last fall with counts of indecent assault and gross indecency after two former altar boys from St. Mary’s Parish in Maidstone made complaints to police.

Bastien is scheduled to appear in court on February 14 in Windsor. He has been released on a promise to appear in court.