Former priest charged with sex crimes in Michigan

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 1:01 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WTVG) - A former Catholic priest who served in the Detroit and Cleveland areas has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor in Farmington, Michigan.

Gary Berthiaume, 78, is charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The victim, who was 14 at the time, reported the assault took place in August 1977 in the rectory of Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington, where Berthiaume was a priest.

Berthiaume was arrested in 1977 for the sexual assault of two other minors in Michigan. After serving a jail sentence in the Oakland County Jail, he was transferred to the Diocese of Cleveland before moving again to the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois in 1987.

Including Berthiaume, the Michigan Attorney General’s investigation has resulted in criminal charges being filed against 11 individuals with ties to the Catholic Church.

To learn more about the investigation into clergy abuse or to submit information, visit the Attorney General’s website. Tips can also be provided over the phone by calling 844-324-3374.

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