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Former Kingston priest nine new sex assault charges

  • November 7, 2014

A former priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston faced nine additional sexual assault charges when he appeared Nov. 5 in a Kingston court on previous sex charges.

Robin Gwyn was in court on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touch in relation to a case dating back to 2000 involving a then 14-year-old boy. 

Gwyn, 66, had been arrested on Sept. 18 at his home in Windsor, N.S.  After being charged with three offences, Gwyn, a Montreal native, was granted bail and returned to his east coast home to await trial. 

The nine additional charges involved a second victim, and were based on information that detectives received after the original charges were laid.

Gwyn now faces a total of 12 charges that date back to the 1980s. None of the charges have been proven in court.

Ordained to the Archdiocese of Kingston in 1988, Gwyn served in the local community until moving to Carleton Place, Ont. in 2002. Two years later Gwyn took an indefinite leave of absence citing personal reasons, effectively ending his priestly service.  

“The Archdiocese takes all allegations of this nature very seriously and will cooperate fully with all police investigations,” read a statement issued by the Archdiocese of Kingston on Nov. 7. "In addition, the Archdiocese will ensure that support is made available to all those directly involved.” 

Although the archdiocese would not comment, it is known that Gwyn spent time as a chaplain at what was then known as the Frontenac-Lennox and Addington County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. It became the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic school board following a 1998 amalgamation. 

“This is a police matter which is now before the courts,” read a statement from the school board. “All enquiries should be directed to authorities.”

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