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Sask. priest still in active ministry despite sexual assault charge

A Roman Catholic Priest in northwest Saskatchewan is carrying on with his work in three parishes despite being charged with sexual assault.

Father Javier Cortazar conducting services in Pierceland, Goodsoil and Loon Lake.

An Ontario woman said she put her faith in the church, diocese and Canadian government, but feels betrayed by them all. (CBC)
A Roman Catholic priest in northwestern Saskatchewan is carrying on with his work in three parishes despite being charged with sexual assault.
Father Javier de los Angeles Cortazar is accused of sexually assaulting another priest more than two years ago. Until his trial began this week, he continued to work as a priest in Pierceland, Goodsoil and Loon Lake. (Diocese of Prince Albert)

Father Javier de los Angeles Cortazar is accused of assaulting another priest two years ago, at a cabin near the village of Goodsoil.

Cortazar's trial is set for April, 2017 at Court of Queen's Bench in Meadow Lake. A publication ban prevents the name of the victim from being published. 

Since the accusations first came to light, Cortazar has continued to work as a priest. He is currently the parish priest for the communities of Pierceland, Goodsoil and Loon Lake.

CBC News contacted the Diocese of Prince Albert on several occasions for a comment on this story. Officials have not returned those calls.