Former Kinkora priest facing another 24 sex-related charges back in custody

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Published on February 23, 2012
St. Malachy's Church, Kinkora

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — George Ansel Smith, a Roman Catholic priest who'd previously served in P.E.I., consented to going back into custody after 24 more sex-related charges have come before the Newfoundland courts against him.

Smith had been administrator at St. Malachy's Church in Kinkora when he was suspended as a P.E.I. priest in May 2010 following the allegations that he'd abused nine young males in Newfoundland between 1969 and 1989.

He was released from jail in December, when there were 38 charges in total against him. When he appeared in provincial court in Corner Brook this afternoon, that total had risen to 62.

Smith, represented by attorney Tom Williams, elected to be tried by judge aone in Supreme Court. His arraignment is scheduled for March 5.