A 72-year-old Whitewater Region priest is facing charges in connection with a historical sex assault.
The incident allegedly took place in 1985 when Father Howard Chabot was serving at Holy Name Parish in Pembroke. Chabot is charged with one count each of sexual assault and gross indecency.
“The Diocese of Pembroke prays that the truth concerning this matter may be brought to light and extends support to any parties concerned in this case,” The Bishop of Pembroke, the Most Reverend Michael Mulhall said in a statement. The Diocese is cooperating with police “and will encourage and support the healing process for all parties concerned following the resolution of the case.”
Chabot, of Arnprior, was ordained in 1968 and retired from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pembroke in 2005 due to coronary artery disease.
”There is some sadness, but it is different than quitting,” Chabot told QMI Agency in 2005. “There is contentment that I am leaving a parish happy. Departure is difficult, but I have a sense that I’m not checking out just yet.”
Over his 37-year career, Chabot served parishioners in Westmeath, La Passe, Braeside, and Sheenboro.
Chabot also worked as a youth probation officer, and chaplain for the Pembroke Jail and the Pembroke Police Service.
Chabot was released on a promise to appear and will be in Pembroke court Sept. 3.
Anyone with any information can call OPP Det.-Const. Marc Gauvin at 613-735-0188 or 1-888-310-1122, or contact Crime Stoppers.