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Former N.W.T. priest sentenced for indecent assault on child in 1980s

By The Canadian Press on October 24, 2023.

FORT SIMPSON, N.W.T. – A former priest is beginning a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to indecent assault on a child in the 1980s.

Camille Piché, now 85, was sentenced Monday in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, after an agreed statement of facts was read out in court.

The statement says Piché was the priest in Fort Simpson during the early 1980s when he befriended the family of a then eight-year-old girl.

Court heard that on two occasions, Piché visited the family at their home and sat beside the girl on the living room couch.

The statement says the girl was covered by a blanket when Piché reached under it and touched the girl inappropriately.

The assaults happened while the girl’s father was in the room.

Piche told the girl not to say anything about the assaults.

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