RCMP in Nova Scotia have charged a former Roman Catholic priest with dozens of sex offences dating back to the 1970s.

Albert LeBlanc, 81, is charged with 40 offences involving three boys in the Yarmouth area.

LeBlanc served as a priest in the Yarmouth Diocese from 1955 until 1973 when he resigned from the priesthood, Archdiocese of Halifax spokeswoman Marilyn Sweet said Monday.

Sgt. Brigdit Leger said the offences are alleged to have occurred between 1970 and 1975 involving children between the ages of seven and 11 years old.

The charges include 11 counts of indecent assault on a male and 29 counts of gross indecency.

Leger said the charges reflect the criminal code in existence at the time the offences are alleged to have happened.

She would not disclose whether more charges involving more victims were being contemplated.

The Nova Scotia Prosecution Service said LeBlanc worked as a probation officer after leaving the priesthood.

LeBlanc now lives in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, where he was arrested at his home earlier this month.

He is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court on March 15.