Following a statement on June 23 from Bishop Guy Desrochers of the Diocese of Pembroke (reproduced below) regarding Father Chris Shalla, Killaloe OPP have today confirmed criminal charges against the priest as described in the OPP media release below. Most recently pastor at St. Andrew’s Parish in Killaloe, Shalla was ordained on May 3, 1986 and was pastor at St. Hedwig’s Parish in Barry’s Bay at the time of the offences. Above: St. Hedwig’s Church
OPP Killaloe media release
Police have laid several criminal charges after concluding a lengthy investigation into allegations of fraud and theft.
In 2017, the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began an investigation into allegations of fraud and thefts occurring at a local church in the Township of Madawaska Valley.
The Renfrew County Crime Unit was assigned to this case and as result of the investigation, 62-year-old Christopher SHALLA of Madawaska Valley has been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) offences:
- Fraud over $5000;
- Criminal breach of trust;
- Obtaining by false pretences over $5000; and,
- Theft over $5000.
The accused was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in court on August 10, 2022, Ontario Court of Justice, Killaloe.
Yarmel,C.,OPP Killaloe Detachment(2022,June28) CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING LENGTHY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION [media release]