Preliminary hearing set for Catholic priest accused of sexual assault

A preliminary hearing has been set for a Roman Catholic priest from the Saskatoon Diocese who is charged with sexual assault.

The hearing for Fr. Anthony Atter from Lake Lenore is scheduled for August in Humboldt Circuit Court, but the hearing may be held at Saskatoon Provincial Court due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Humboldt RCMP arrested the 45-year-old priest in December 2020 after receiving multiple reports of incidents of a sexual nature. They charged him with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation. RCMP say the incidents allegedly occurred between Sept. 1 and Nov. 4, 2020.

Fr. Atter was responsible for the parishes of St Gregory, St Ann and St Anthony.

The Saskatoon diocese immediately removed Atter from his position and cooperated with police.

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