Saskatchewan, Canada – Catholic Priest Charged with Sexual Assaults

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According to CTV News, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has been dealing with the sexual assault charges against one of its priests.

The Humboldt RCMP reported on “multiple incidents of a sexual nature” stated to them. 45-year-old Father Anthony Tei Atter has been charged with sexual assaults. Within the Criminal Code, he would be charged with sexual interference alleged to a person under 16 years of age.

The parishes of St. Ann, St. Anthony, and St. Gregory, are under the responsibility of Fr. Atter. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon learned of the charges and released a statement.

They stated, “As soon as the diocese learned of these charges, Fr. Anthony Atter was removed from ministry… The diocese will be cooperating fully with police on this matter, and is unable to respond to questions and comments on the case at this time, while it is under investigation and/or before the courts… The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon takes the matter of sexual abuse and serious misconduct very seriously and is committed to the care and support of victims of sexual abuse.”

Based on reportage from the RCMP, the incidents occurred between September 1 and November 4 of 2020. The only incidences investigated were the ones reported to the Humboldt RCMP at the time of the recent reportage.

Fr. Atter will appear before the Provincial Court on March 22, 2021. No details have been released about the victim, so as to protect identity.

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