In this busy month

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And, yes, in this busy month, more court updates….

(1)  Father Ronald Leger csv (Viatorian priest – Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Manitoba)

Here’s another article regarding thew two sentence for former Classical College teacher and Viatorian priest Father Ronald Leger:

09 February 2016:  2-year jail sentence for Winnipeg pastor who sexually abused children

How disappointing to see that the two years sentence was a  joint recommendation of th4e Crown and defence.

Two years.  For all the lives damaged, and all the years he ‘got away with it,’ all the while a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Two years.  And he’s be out and about in what?  With “good” behavior, how many months.

Why would a Crown agree to a two year sentence?

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

(2)  Marcel Lalonde

I have no idea why, but the trial of former Cornwall Ontario teacher and thrice convicted child molester Marcel Lalonde has been rescheduled for December of this year (the trial was originally scheduled for June).  The decision to reschedule to December was made in December past.

12-15 December 2016:  10 am, TRIAL;  09 February 2016:  status check (on June trial) Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W., )

Just as a reminder to all of how inordinately long it seems takes for charges to work their way to trial in Ontario,these charges against Lalonde were laid February 2014.  After a preliminary hearing he was committed to stand trial 13 January 2015).

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

(3)  Father Linus Bastien (Diocese of London, Ontario)

There is yet another court date set for Father Linus Bastien:

25 February 2016: 10 am,  application certiorari,  Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

It looks as thought this may be the judge’s ruling regarding Bastien’s desperate attempts to avoid his March trial?

I urge those in the area who can do so to attend to find out what is happening.

As these apparent attempts to elude justice continue please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(4)  Father Robert Couture

Those in Windsor, Ontario and area, please mark your calendars.  A sentencing hearing  for Father Robert Couture is set for:

28 July 2016: 10 am,  sentencing hearing, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue), Windsor, Ontario

Note that this may just be a day of arguments before the judge regarding  such things as whether or not he should receive a conditional sentence vs jail time, and/or if he considered is likely to re-offend.  He may or may not be sentenced on this date.  Some judges will sentence on the same day, and others will set another date for sentencing:  I suppose it all depends on the arguments presented by both sides?  But, there will be arguments regarding whether or not he shoudl go to jail and so on.  There will probably be letters and so on from supporters, and perhaps even supporters testifying on his behalf,

(5)  Father John Sullivan (Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

I am awaiting a call back with his next court date.  Please keep the many victims in your prayers.

Ash Wednesday today.  the first day of Lent.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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To jail

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A quick note with the news

Viatorian priest and former teacher at Cornwall’s Classical College Father Ronald Leger has been sentenced to two years:

09 February 2016:  Former St. Boniface priest sentenced to 2 years behind bars

A reminder here that Father Leger was at one time a good friend of Father Paul Lapierre.  Lapierre, a priest with the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario, sexually abused  Claude Marleau.  I believe I said over a year ago that I was going to go through my notes and transcripts from the Lapierre Cornwall trial to find the references made to Leger during the trial.  I haven’t done it :(  Perhaps I will try to find time to pull those transcripts out and go through them over the next week or so.  I personally believe that it’s important to have all of these seemingly little bits and pieces of information together.  It’s all about connecting the dots.

And, yes, Father Leger was both a student and, later as a Viatorian priest, a teacher at the Cornwall Classical College.

So so many dots to connect…

Anyway, Father Leger will now have some time behind bars to meditate on the damage he has done, and ample time to pray for his unfortunate victims,  all of those whose trust he sorely he betrayed, and, yes, his own soul.  I hope and pray he uses the time well.

I don’t know if or not he was taken into custody after sentencing today.  I suspect he was.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Six new charges against ex priest Grecco

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To my knowledge the sex abuse trial of Father Yvon Faucher continues today in an Ottawa courtroom.

Has anyone seen any coverage at all from yesterday?  I can find nothing.  Is there perhaps coverage in the French media which I am missing?  If there is anything at all would you please send me a link?  Perhaps those of you who are bilingual could google with some French terms and see if there is anything?

Surely to goodness there must be at least one reporter from either the French or English media in the courtroom?  Just one?

Please keep the complainants and their families in your prayers.

*****

Father John Sullivan (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie) has a court date this morning (Tuesday, 09 February 2016)

Tuesday, 09 February 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

I will be able to find out tomorrow what his next court date is.

Please keep Father Sullivan’s many victims in your prayers.  This current criminal case has been dragging through the courts since 2012. There comes a point where the dragging on and on is unconscionable.  If the shoe were on the other foot I am sure he would  be howling that his Charter rights to a speedy trial have been violated.  There is no such option for his accusers.

And, yes, despite his record as a convicted child molester, he is still a priest in the Roman Catholic. Why?

*****

And some updates:

(1) Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

In December 2014 Father Stephen Amesse was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference.  The charges date to 2008 and relate to allegations of sex abuse of a 14-year-old boy.

After a preliminary hearing a judge determined that there was sufficient evidence to go to trial.

Father Amesse’s next court date is:

Monday 29 February 2016:  Pre trial (NOT open to the public), Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

Please note:  this court date is NOT open to the public.  This is a routine part of the process whereby lawyers from both sides meet with a judge – behind closed doors – to discuss matters related to the case as it moves toward trial, ie, witnesses, evidence, the number of days required for trial, plea bargains and so on.  It is highly unlikely that Father Amesse will be present.  Usually the accused is not present (there are instances in which an agreement is made to allow the accused to attend).

(2)  Father Charles Picot (Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick)

Another trial date for twice convicted and once ‘acquitted’ molester Father Charles Picot has been set:

Tuesday 10-11 May 2016:   TRIAL,  Bathurst courthouse (254 St. Patrick St.), Bathurst,  New Brunswick

Let’s pray that this time the trial proceeds.  From the wording of this short article I get the impression that it is thanks to Judge Brigitte Sivret that a date was actually set:

08 February 2016:  Trial of Former Bathurst Priest to Take Place in May

I recall this happening once before.  Remember?   He was charged November 2013 and

And remember the time he failed to appear and the judge was all set to issue an arrest warrant?

Anyway, thankfully, for the sake of the complainant, a new trial date has been set and, while it’s a few months downstream, it is not too terribly far away.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

(3)  The updates for Fathers Robert Couture and Linus Bastien have to wait until tomorrow.  The person who normally deals with such matters at the Windsor courthouse is away and will be back tomorrow.  I was unable to reach anyone else who could assist me.

(4)  Donald Grecco (ex priest, Diocese of St. Catharine’s, Ontario)

There are two upcoming courtdates for convicted molester and ex-priest Donald Grecco, one in St. Catharine’s, and the other in Cayuga.

I can tell you now that there are definitely new charges in St. Catharines.    In fact, there are a total of six new charges against Grecco, three of indecent assault of a male, and three of gross indecency.  Two of those charges date to 1975, and four date to 1982.  All of these charges relate to events which are alleged to have transpired in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  I don’t at this time know how many complainants there are.

So, on these St. Catharine’s charges, Grecco is scheduled for his court court appearance next Wednesday

Wednesday, 16 February 2016: 9 am, first appearance, St Catharine’s courthouse

And, on the Cayuga charges, the next court date is:

Tuesday, 23 February 2016: 2 pm, “to be spoken to,” Cayuga court house (55 Munsee St. N., Cayuga, Ontario)

I commend these men for finding the courage to go to police.  Good for you!  I urge those in the area to support them as thse cases move through the system toward trial.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers

Shrove Tuesday today.  Pancake Day :) And tomorrow Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.  An early Easter this year.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Court dates for this coming week…

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And the court dates for this coming week are…

(1)  Father Jacques Faucher (Archdiocese of Ottawa)

The sex abuse trial of Father Jacques Faucher starts tomorrow morning :

Monday, 08 February 2016:  10 am, TRIAL, Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.) – scheduled for three weeks

After a preliminary hearing Father Faucher was committed to stand trial on 7 counts of gross indecency and seven of indecent assault.  I believe there five complainants.

Unfortunately the trial will, I am sure, like the preliminary hearing, be conducted solely in French.

I urge those of you who are bilingual to try to attend as may days as possible, both to support the complainants and their families and to find out what is happening.

Please keep the complainants and their families in your prayers:  the weeks ahead will be difficult.

As always, please pass along news from the courtroom and links to any and all media coverage.

(2)  Father Charles Picot (Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick)

Previously convicted molester Father Picot faced further charges November 2013.  He has has a court date on tomorrow:

Monday, 08 February 2016:   09:30 am, to set new trial date,  Bathurst courthouse (254 St. Patrick St.), Bathurst,  New Brunswick

This is supposed be to set a new date only so it should be over and done with very quickly.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(3) Marcel Lalonde (Cornwall, Ontario)

Thrice convicted serial molester and former Cornwall Ontario school teacher was charged yet again November 2014.  Lalonde has a brief court date on Tuesday prior to his schedule June trial:

Tuesday, 09 February 2016:  status check (on June trial) Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W.)

This is only to ensure that things are ready for trial.  The trial date is set for June:

27-30 June 2016TRIAL, Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W.)

I will check on Wednesday to ensure that the trial dates still stand, and if not, what the rescheduled dates are.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

(4)  Father John Sullivan (diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

Previously convicted molester Father John Sullivan was charged again in 2012.  He  has yet another court date on new charges this coming Tuesday:

Tuesday,  09 February 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

I say “yet another” because, as those of you who follow Sylvia’s Site know all to well, this revolving courthouse door has been swinging for Sullivan years.  Literally years.  Three to be precise.

These poor souls and their families who are waiting to see justice done!

Father Sullivan is now 91-years-of-age, allegedly sick, and in Montreal or somewhere if I recall correctly.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.  They must be at their wit’s end.

(5)  Father Ronald Leger csv (Viatorian priest who was serving in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Manitoba)

Former Classical College teacher and student Father Ronald Leger Father Ron Leger entered a GUILTY plea last July to sex charges dating to the 1980s and early 2000s. I haven’t been able to find out as yet if he has been sentenced.  This courtdate on Tuesday is for disposition.  There has been nothing in the media.  I will try to find out if he has or has not been sentenced.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016:  2 pm, disposition coordinator docket, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (408 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba )

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

Tomorrow I will get and post updates on the court dates of last week.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Prominent pastor of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church charged

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Several people sent links regarding the  sex abuse charges laid against gay rights activist Brian Hawkes, pastor of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church.

Brian Hawkes is not Roman Catholic priest  A 1972 graduate of Mount Allison University in Nova Scotia, Hawkes attained a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Toronto in 1986.  I have no idea what religion he was before he joined the Metropolitan Community Church.  I thought he was Anglican, but can find nothing to confirm or refute my recollection.

Anyway, he is now facing sex abuse charges dating to the 2970s in Kings Country Nova Scotia.  he denies the allegations.  I normally do not post articles regarding charges against non-Catholics, but, in this instance, because he is such a prominent figure in Canada and because of the interest, here it is:

03 February 2015:  “Rev. Brent Hawkes supported by friends, churchgoers after sex charges” & related articles

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Lots of court news

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There’s lots of court news.  Here we go:

(1)  Donald Grecco (Diocese of St. Catharine’s, Ontario)

Ex priest and previously convicted child molester Donald Grecco has a court date this afternoon (Tuesday, 02 February 2016)

02 February 2016: 2 pm,  “to be spoken to,” Cayuga court house (55 Munsee St. N., Cayuga, Ontario)

If anyone hears or see any news regarding the outcome of this court date please pass on the word.

As always, please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(2)  Father Yvon Arsenault (Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick)

A tentative trial date in the fairly distant has been set for Father Yvon Arsenault on his charges from the Miramichi

21-24 February 2017: TENTATIVE trial dates, Miramichi Law Courts (679 King George Highway, Miramichi, New Brunswick)

Yes, that’s right.  2017!

He has a court date prior that for ‘motions’  at which time the trial dates will be confirmed:

03 January 2017:  1:30 pm, motions (tentative trial dates of 21-24 Jan,  to be confirmed), Miramichi  Law Courts (679 King George Highway)

You may recall that Arsenault is also facing numerous  charges in charges in Moncton, New Brunswick.  A trial date  on the Moncton charges is scheduled to begin 11 October 2016 in Moncton and last about a month.

(3)  Father Linus Bastien (Diocese of London, Ontario)

Father Linus Bastien has a court date on Thursday related to assessing his fitness to stand trial:

04 February 2016:   10 am – related to assessing his fitness to stand trial, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

His trial date is set to start in March:

 07 March 2016:  TRIAL booked for two weeks. Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue)

It sounds as though he is doing everything in his power to avoid trial.  I  urge those in the Windsor area who are free to do so to attend court this Thursday (04 February) to find out  what is happening and what arguments are being used regarded his health.

A reminder that some of these charges have been dragging on for over four years.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(5)  Father Robert Courture (Diocese of London, Ontario)

This past December Father Robert Couture was found GUILTY at a trial by jury of theft over $5,000.  He has a court date this Friday to set a date for sentencing:

05 February 2015:  to set date for sentencing, Windsor Superior Court of Justice (245 Windsor Avenue), Windsor, Ontario

Please pray for the  former parishioners who were betrayed by this priest.

(6)  Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa)

After a preliminary hearing, Father Stephen Amesse was committed to stand trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (that means the judge determined there was sufficient evidence to go to trial)

I have just received confirmation regarding his next court date

05 February 2016:  09:30 am, Assignment Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

Please note that this is NOT the trial.  Father Amesse has been committed to stand trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  His case has  being transferred to that court and now starts the process of moving to trial in that court.  There is nothing unusual about this at all.  There will now, without doubt, be a series of court dates related to discussing the length of trial, and/or witnesses to be called, and/or disagreements regarding evidence to be used at trial, and or a plea deal.  These generally are ‘in chambers’  behind closed doors and are NOT open to the public. That whole process starts this Friday, and this will be in open court.  That means the public can attend.  Father Amesse probably will not be there, but his lawyer or a lawyer acting in the stead of his lawyer, will be there.  It will be dealt with in a matter of minutes.

The bottom line is that a trial is probably at least a few months, if not a year, away.

I encourage those who can do so to attend on Friday to try to get a sense of what is happening.  Acoustics are often poor in the court rooms to try to sit as close to the front as you can is you hope to hear anything

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

There are numerous other bits of information to pass along to you.  All being well I will get at those this week.  Yesterday I decided that I will do my physiotherapy and hot packs and so on at home .  The visits were taking huge chunks out of my days, and if I had other commitments during the week requiring me to be out and about I was going day after day without getting near the computer.  The problem is solved :)  I feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders .  There is still a stack of forms to fill out regarding the accident, but I suddenly feel that I have time :)  Such a relief!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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“You’ve got the wrong guy”?!!!

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Can you believe it?

Yes, I’m sure you can.  By now I think we’ve all heard and/or seen just about every trick in book used by molesters to elude justice.  And so, this line from former SMIS teacher and fugitive from justice Frank Selas/Selas’ lawyer is  really no great surprise….

28 January 2016:  Frank Selas’ attorney: “You’ve got the wrong guy”

But, still, really:  “You’ve got the wrong guy”?!!!!

Ah yes, but indeed.  As I say, we’ve heard it all,  haven’t we?  How pathetic.

I don’t know how quickly things will move, but first Selas must be legally transported from California to Louisiana to face justice.

And yes, I must say it:  Hats off to Sheriff William Earl Hilton!  Amazing work.  It sounds as though he truly never forgot those six young lads.

My thoughts and prayers are with those six, now men, who have waited 37 long long years to see justice done.

Please note in the NBC San Diego article that anyone  with information  is encouraged to call the RPSO Criminal Investigations Division at (318) 473-6727 or (318) 473-6700.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

PS:  I wonder if the St. Mary’s International School Panel School “independent” inquiry looked into the tenure of Frank Selas at the school?  If not, I believe best they do.

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Borne defrocked

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And welcome news from the Diocese of Pembroke Ontario…

One more molester is out of the priesthood and can never ever be referred to again as “Father.”

Clerical molester Father Robert Borne is now officially clerical molester Robert Borne.  In other words, Borne has been defrocked (reduced  to the lay state/laicized)

25 January 2016:  Borne laicized (defrocked) 04 December 2015

Borne, former Chancellor of the diocese, was charged April 2009 after a police investigation which lasted over one year.  He eventually faced 19 charges related to allegations of sexual abuse of five teenage boys between the years 1977 and 1995.  Five of the charges were later withdrawn or dismissed by the Crown.  On 14 July 2010 Justice Robert Selkirk ruled that eight charges related to three complainants should not proceed to trial.  Borne stood trial on four charges related to the sex abuse allegations of two “alleged” victims.

On 25 November 2011 Justice Julianne Parfett found Borne guilty on charges related to one complainant, and acquitted on another set of charges related to the second complainant( Parfett  unfortunately deemed the testimony unreliable).

The then Father Robert Borne received a nine month conditional sentence.  NO jail time.

I pray that all the  Borne victims out  there will find relief and a modicum of comfort in the knowledge that Robert Borne has  been held accountable by the Church for his crimes and sins.

My prayers are with the victims and their families.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Former SMIS teacher caught

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Hallelujah!  Fugitive from justice and former teacher at St. Mary’s International School in Japan has been caught.  After 37 long long years, Frank Selas, AKA “Mr. Wonder,”  has been caught. Years ago he had legally changed his name to Szeles.

26 January 2016:  “Former TV Personality ‘Mr. Wonder’ Arrested After Nearly 4 Decades on Child Sex Abuse” & related articles

You may recall that SMIS is operated by the Canadian arm of a religious order known as the Brothers of Christian Instruction, or Mennasians

I see that he was in court today claiming the police have the wrong man!!  and it sounds mighty like his wife has acted as an enabler.   I will round up and post the latest news later.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Busy month ahead!

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I have been trying several numbers at the Ottawa courthouse to find out what exactly is happening with the Father Stephen Amesse charges.  No matter what number I try:  answering machine :)  I have to head out in about an hour so don’t want to leave a message lest I miss the call back.  I will try again tomorrow.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Father Linus Bastein has a two week trial scheduled to start 07 March 2016.  However, he also has a courtdate 04 February 2016 which is related to assessing his fitness to stand trial. (10 am for both dates)

I urge those in the Windsor area who are free to do so to attend court o4 February to find out what is happening regarding health issues.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

*****

Check the legal calendar for February.  A busy month ahead!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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