Retired priest charged with assault in Manitoba residential school case

Manitoba RCMP say a 92-year-old retired priest has been charged after a decade-long investigation into the Fort Alexander Residential School northeast of Winnipeg.

Arthur Masse was charged with one count of indecent assault on a 10-year-old girl who was a student at the school, RCMP said Friday. The alleged offence took place between 1968 and 1970.

Officers interacted with more than 700 people across North America throughout the investigation and obtained 75 victim and witness statements, the Mounties said in a statement, adding more than 80 investigators were involved.

“While we have certainly had the steps involved in a police investigation top of mind throughout the whole process, we have also been very aware of the effect our investigation was having on the community,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre, an RCMP spokesman.

One thought on “Retired priest charged with assault in Manitoba residential school case

  1. It’s about time. So many perpetrators have been protected by the Churches and government and have since passed away. I know survivors from this community and the effects are inter-generational and life-long. There needs to be many more forms of accountability of these perpetrators and the institutions that enabled and protected their crimes.

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