Judge reserves decision

By on July 3, 2007

A judge in Kenora (Ont.) Superior Court on June 11 ruled that the case against former Anglican priest Ralph Rowe, who is charged with 12 counts of sexual abuse, will be put over until July 6. The abuse involved native boys and took place in northern Ontario in the 1970s and 1980s. The Kenora Daily Miner & News reported that Justice Erwin Stach is expected to rule in July on issues such as the reliability of witnesses and the nature of consent. Mr. Rowe pled guilty in early May to the charges at the start of the trial. Mr. Rowe, who is 67 and lives in Surrey, B.C., was previously convicted for similar sexual offences in 1994 and served four and a-half years of a six-year sentence. At the time, prosecutors agreed that Mr. Rowe would not have to serve further jail time if more charges were laid.

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