A complaint lodged against a local Anglican priest has been dismissed as nothing more than a ?clumsy attempt to extort money,? a church court ruled.
As a result, Rev. Tom Corston of the Church of the Epiphany has been exonerated of any wrongdoing and has been awarded $50,000 in costs, to be paid by the Anglican Diocese of Algoma.
Last year, Corston was accused of a non-specified impropriety and suspended with pay. Local police investigated the complaint and determined there were no grounds for criminal charges.
Nonetheless, the diocese decided to conduct its own internal tribunal, presided over by a judge from the Ontario Court of Justice.