Retired priest charged with indecent assault after Manitoba residential school investigation | CBC News

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A retired priest has been charged with indecent assault in connection with a decade-long investigation into a Manitoba residential school.

Retired Father Arthur Masse, 92, was charged in connection with the assault on a 10-year-old girl, who was a student at the Fort Alexander residential school, northeast of Winnipeg.

The alleged assault occurred between 1968 and 1970, police said at a news conference Friday morning.

Police arrested Masse at his home in Winnipeg on Thursday. He was released with conditions and will appear in court in Powerview on Monday.

This is the only current investigation into residential schools by Manitoba RCMP, and with this arrest, the investigation is concluded, police said.

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Details about an arrest in a historical investigation connected to a Manitoba residential school will be revealed Friday morning.

RCMP will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. CT. CBC Manitoba will stream the news conference live on our website.

On Thursday, the provincial government confirmed a person was charged with one count of indecent assault on a female related to the investigation into the former Fort Alexander Residential School northeast of Winnipeg.

The school opened in 1905 in the community of Fort Alexander, which later became the Sagkeeng First Nation, and closed in 1970.

The Fort Alexander school had a reputation for abuse.

Survivors told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about starvation and harsh discipline. Children from nearly two dozen First Nations attended the school for about 10 months of the year.

A criminal investigation began looking into the residential school in 2011.

Support is available for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools and those who are triggered by these reports. 

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for residential school survivors and others affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

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