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Six new sex abuse charges for retired Catholic priest

A former Catholic priest was back in court in Ottawa to hear six new sex abuse charges against him, stemming back to the 1970s.

Appearing in court Friday morning, Jacques Faucher, 76, faced six additional counts of gross indecency and indecent assault by the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. The charges related to an investigation involving three men.

On Feb. 14, Aylmer resident Faucher faced two counts of the same charges, after an investigation that began in November 2012 into acts said to have occurred between 1971 and 1973 yielded enough evidence for police.

At the time, Faucher was released on a $6,000 bail under conditions not to communicate with the alleged victim, and was released under similar circumstances Friday.

He was instructed by a judge to stay away from libraries, schools, pools, parks or anywhere where children congregate.

When the charges were first laid, Ottawa's Catholic community distanced itself from the retired priest. “On learning that Fr. Jacques Faucher has been charged with criminal misconduct in relation to a minor,” wrote Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast in a release, “I want to advise our Catholic faithful, and the wider community, that I have suspended him from all ministry and prohibited him from representing himself as a Catholic priest.”

Faucher was ordained at Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral in 1960, and has provided years of community service. He taught Catholicism at several high schools, and served on the French Language Consultative Committee of the Ottawa School Board and as a School Trustee.

The churches he served at includes Notre Dame-des-Anges, Saint-Louis-Marie-de-Montfort, Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc, and Christ-Roi.

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