Sexual assaults: former priest Arthur Massé pleads not guilty | Native Residential Schools

Sexual Assault: Former Priest Arthur Massé Pleads Not Guilty | Residential Schools

Arthur Massé worked at the Fort Alexander Indian residential school in the community of Sagkeeng at the time of the alleged events.

Arthur Massé pleaded not guilty on Wednesday morning to a charge of indecent assault.

For the second time, the former priest of the Fort Alexander boarding school was conspicuous by his absence, at the Powerview court on Wednesday. It was therefore his lawyer, George Green, who indicated by telephone that Mr. Massé pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault on a 10-year-old girl. The facts allegedly occurred when he was working at the Fort Alexander residential school in the late 1960s.

92-year-old Arthur Massé was arrested last June by the Royal Mounted Police of Canada as part of an investigation into allegations of assault, which has lasted for more than 10 years.

This is the second time that Arthur Massé does not appear in court for a hearing. Indeed, he had not made the trip during the first hearing on July 20.

The alleged victim, Victoria McIntosh, was once again present at Powerview.

She said she was very disappointed to hear the defendant's plea and regrets that the former priest refused her offer to participate in an Aboriginal justice circle.< /p>

Arthur Massé's trial will begin on September 14 and will be held in Winnipeg. It will be held in English before a single judge.

With information from Anne-Charlotte Carignan

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