National Newswatch

KINGSTON, Ont. - A Roman Catholic priest found guilty of sexual assault was sentenced in Kingston, Ont., to 16 months behind bars.

Rene Labelle also received 30 months probation, will be on the sex offender registry for 10 years and will have to complete counselling.

The parents of the victim called the incident an extreme breach of trust in their victim impact statement.

They said they witnessed a 180-degree change in their child after the incident on Wolfe Island in 2004.

Labelle was found guilty of sexual assault, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual exploitation in January.

He served in Tyendinaga Township in the 1980s and 1990s.

Throughout the trial, Labelle maintained his innocence. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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