Saskatchewan

Ex-priest charged with sex abuse of Saskatoon teens

A retired Ontario priest and convicted sex offender has been charged with indecently assaulting two Saskatoon boys more than 50 years ago.

A retired Ontario priest and convicted sex offender has been charged with indecently assaulting two Saskatoon boys more than 50 years ago.

William Hodgson Marshall, 89, is currently in custody in Kingston, Ont., after being sentenced last June to two years in prison for sexual assaults against boys dating back to the 1950s.

Marshall was a priest, basketball coach and mathematics teacher at St. Paul's High School in Saskatoon between 1958 and 1961. The all-boys school, which was on the 400 block of 22nd St. E. downtown, closed in 1967.

On Tuesday, the Saskatoon police said Marshall has been charged in connection with indecent assaults that took place in 1959 and 1960.

The two alleged victims, now both 66 years old, were 14 at the time.

The Crown prosecutor’s office is arranging for a court appearance to take place in Ontario, Saskatoon police said.

In a written statement, Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen said the diocese was recently informed of the new charges.

"In all such cases, our first concern is for the suffering of those who have been abused. We are called to listen and to assist in whatever way possible as they move toward healing," Bolen said.

Inappropriate conduct or criminal behaviour of any kind is neither condoned nor tolerated by the diocese, Bolen's Feb. 7 letter said.