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Ex-priest acquitted of assaulting woman at Canadian college



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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — A Canadian decide has acquitted a now-retired 93-year-old priest of assault after a pupil at one among Canada’s infamous residential colleges accused him of forcing himself on her greater than 50 years in the past.

Victoria McIntosh testified she was assaulted by Arthur Masse in a rest room of the Fort Alexander Residential College north of Winnipeg, Manitoba someday between 1968 and 1970.

McIntosh and Masse had been the one witnesses who testified within the two-day judge-alone trial earlier this month.

Manitoba Courtroom of King’s Bench Justice Candace Grammond stated in her choice Thursday that she believed McIntosh was assaulted, however couldn’t decide past an inexpensive doubt that it was Masse who did it.

McIntosh, who had a few dozen supporters together with her in court docket, clutched a sweater a member of the family made for her and stared on the ground as Grammond learn her evaluation.

Masse stared straight forward whereas the choice was being learn.

Greater than 150,000 native kids had been pressured to attend state-funded Christian colleges from the nineteenth century till the Seventies in an effort to isolate them from the affect of their properties and tradition, Christianize them and assimilate them into mainstream society.

The federal government has admitted that bodily and sexual abuse was rampant.

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