Senate to consider punishment for an Ontario member after misuse of his office's power

(CP) - It's going to be up to senators to decide what, if any, punishments Toronto-area Senator Don Meredith will face.

Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard has issued a report saying Meredith broke the chamber's code of conduct when he used the power of his office to have a sexual relationship with a vulnerable teenager.

Her report found Meredith used his Senate cell phone for explicit chats, tried to help the woman land an internship on Parliament Hill and said he would see if he could help with her mother's permanent residency file.

The ordained minister told Ricard that he deeply regretted what happened, but that God, his wife and his two children had forgiven him.