Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash

Retired Toronto priest facing sexual assault charges

  • December 20, 2022

Peel Regional Police have charged a retired Toronto priest for sexually assaulting a minor in the early 1980s. 

The Archdiocese of Toronto learned of the charges on Dec. 16 when police announced that Fr. Joseph Wasik, 84, was charged with gross indecency and indecent assault on a male minor. The charges stem from Wasik’s time at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Mississauga, Ont. He has been retired since 2013.

Police believe there may be more victims and are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Special Victims Unit. The archdiocese said the retired priest also served at a number of Toronto parishes from 1974 to 2013.

“We pray for all those who are affected by this painful situation,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

Please support The Catholic Register

Unlike many media companies, The Catholic Register has never charged readers for access to the news and information on our website. We want to keep our award-winning journalism as widely available as possible. But we need your help.

For more than 125 years, The Register has been a trusted source of faith-based journalism. By making even a small donation you help ensure our future as an important voice in the Catholic Church. If you support the mission of Catholic journalism, please donate today. Thank you.