Magazine article Anglican Journal

Priest Resigns after Conviction for Soliciting Sex

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Priest Resigns after Conviction for Soliciting Sex

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Canon Ed Coleman, who was convicted of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution last December, resigned as priest and rector of the parish of Hampton in the diocese of Fredericton on March 31.

The announcement was made by the diocese on April 12.

Mr. Coleman, 48, was granted a conditional discharge by Provincial Court in Sussex, N.B., in December. The victim was identified as a young male when the original charge was laid by Sussex RCMP in Hampton provincial court July 29.

The charges relate to an incident outside a church in Midland, N.B., on the evening of July 1. Neighbours of the Midland Baptist Church called the RCMP to report a disturbance in the church's parking lot.

After charges were laid, Mr. Coleman was placed on medical leave of absence and sent to the Southdown Institute in Aurora, Ont. The centre offers holistic psychological, medical and spiritual diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for religious professionals. …

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