The Catholic bishop responsible for the Geraldton area has removed a priest from the ministry pending the outcome of a criminal case.

Geraldton St Theresa's church

St. Theresa's church in Geraldton, Ont. (Google Streetview)

Father Roger Pronovost, 56, was recently charged by provincial police with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual exploitation, in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred in the 1980s, when Pronovost was assigned to a church in Longlac, Ont.

The Bishop of Hearst, Vincent Cadieux, said in this kind of case, it is standard procedure to withdraw a priest from the ministry.

Pronovost's next court appearance is in May.