Saturday, March 23, 2019

Judge excoriates sexually-abusive Anglican priest, encourages victims

From Canada-

Ex-Anglican priest David Norton, the judge said, “forever stained the white collar he was entitled to wear.”

He “purported to be a man of God,” said Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton but every action he took against the four boys who were altar boys at St. Andrew’s church at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and were sexually abused by him “ran directly counter to the essence of his calling as an Anglican minister of the gospel.”

His behaviour was “insidious” and his actions “obliterated … the spiritual integrity as a leader in any community, be it secular or religious.”

“To don a collar and a cloak of faith and piety, as Mr. Norton did, and then commit those acts of which I have found him guilty, is particularly heinous and is grossly offensive not only to the children themselves but to all who seek to protect our children and nurture their physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth and well-being,” she said.

Templeton had “no difficulty” accepting a joint submission from the Crown and the defence for a nine-year prison sentence.

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