Former King's University College historian found guilty of abusing Indigenous boys in 1970s and ‘80s

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tags: sexual assault, David Norton

Former King's University College professor David Norton was found guilty Tuesday on counts of sexual assault and indecent assault against four Indigenous boys between 1977 and 1983.

After a week-long trial beginning on Oct. 29, the former Anglican priest and King's history professor will be sentenced for one count of sexual assault and three of indecent assault against boys from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

Norton is currently serving a four-year sentence stemming from a 2015 sexual misconduct charge. He pleaded guilty of sexual interference for the long-term abuse of an altar boy occurring between 1991 and 1995 at St. Mark's Anglican Church in London where Norton was a priest.

He was charged while teaching a first-year course on totalitarianism as a King's contract professor. After the arrest, he was placed on leave, his contract was not renewed and he resigned from his former ministry. He was not yet employed by King's when these abuses took place.

“I do not believe Mr. Norton's evidence. It simply did not ring true,” said Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton in court on Tuesday.  ...

Read entire article at The Western Gazette

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