Magazine article Anglican Journal

Kingston Priest Admits Sex Assaults

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Kingston Priest Admits Sex Assaults

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KENORA, ONT. -- A former Ontario diocese priest has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to 19 charges of sexual assault against young boys.

Rev. Leonard Hands committed the assaults between 1966 and 1971, when he was a teacher at an Anglican native residential school near Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario. All the complainants were students at Pelican Lake Residential School. None of them spoke at the court proceedings.

Mr. Hands went on to become rector of the Church of the Redeemer and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingston, Ont., and St. John's Church, Storrington (in the deanery of Kingston) from 1987 to 1993. He voluntarily resigned in 1993 after a two-month church investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct in the diocese. There were no criminal charges laid in Kingston.

"I have been very close to this situation ever since becoming bishop in early 1992, and so for a number of years I have been aware that these charges were pending," Ontario Bishop Peter Mason said in a statement. …

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