Former priest who served third of abuse sentence gets parole

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A retired Roman Catholic priest who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex offences involving young boys in eastern Canada has been granted full parole after serving a third of his sentence.

George Ansel Smith was sentenced in March 2013 after he pleaded guilty to more than three dozen charges, including sexual assault, indecent assault and assault with intent. The offences occurred from 1969 to 1989 in several Newfoundland communities.

Smith was sentenced to 11 years. The term was reduced to nine years and 11 months for time already served in pre-trial custody.

The Parole Board of Canada said Tuesday his conditions of being released include avoiding males under 18 and any place they might gather, unless accompanied by an approved adult who knows his criminal history.