Humboldt RCMP arrest Catholic priest on sexual assault charges

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The Humboldt RCMP arrested a 45-year-old Saskatchewan priest after receiving multiple reports of incidents of a sexual nature.

RCMP charged Fr. Anthony Atter of Lake Lenore with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation. RCMP say the incidents allegedly occurred between Sept. 1 and Nov. 4, 2020.

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

Police say no details relating to the victim will be provided to protect their identity.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon was contacted for comment. They didn’t immediately respond.

This isn’t the first time this year the Diocese of Saskatoon has had to deal with accusations against priests.

The Humboldt Journal reported in March 2020 that the Diocese removed two priests from the ministry who served at Humboldt’s St. Augustine Church sometime during their careers.

Atter will appear in Humboldt Provincial Court on March 22, 2021.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist