Last witness on stand

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The preliminary hearing for Father Jacques Faucher started yesterday (29 October 2014) continued this morning (Thursday 30 October 2014) at 10 am in the Ottawa courthouse :  courtroom #13,  Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.).

The last witness was scheduled to take the stand at 10 am.

The judge may rule today if he/she concludes there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.  Sometimes they do:  sometimes they don’t.  If the decision is not rendered today a date will be set to do so.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Updates

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Father Jacques Faucher‘s preliminary hearing is today (29 October 2014) at the Ottawa Ontario courthouse.  There will be a publication ban on evidence so we probably won’t see any media coverage.

I would dearly love to have gone but the trip just wasn’t possible.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

*****

A few courtdate updates:

1.  Father Robert Couture

Father Robert Couture has two upcoming court dates in Windsor, Ontario:

02 December 2014: pre-trial hearing – this is NOT open to the public – it will be lawyers sorting out issues regarding evidence and the trial

05 December 2014: 10 am, assignment court – to set a date for trial

By the time this goes to trial it will be close to two full years since Father Clouture was charged (May 2013).  That seems to be the norm in Ontario!

2.   Father Omer Desjardins omi

30 December 2014 ; 2 pm, courtroom #1, for sentencing, Saskatoon Provincial Court (220 19th Street East, Saskatoon, Sask.

It would seem  that Father Desjardin’s last court date in Blaine Lake was a sentencing hearing and not sentencing.

If anyone has any info about that hearing would you please post a comment or link? I have been unable to find any media coverage online.

Also note that I added an article ” Chaplain charged in sex-abuse case: Arrest provides explanation for retirement.” It is posted as text – gives us a little more information where there seems to be such a dearth.

As always, please keep the victim and her family in your prayers,

3.  Deacon William Kokesch

Deacon Kokesch’s sentencing date of 16 October was postponed. I have no idea why and have no further information. A new date has not yet been set. I am to try calling  again next week – so will do so and hopefully get a new sentencing date.

Tomorrow I will check to find out what’s happening with the Father John Sullivan and Brian Lucy charges.

*****

I am still sorely hampered with this injured right arm.  I had great expectations for return to “normal” after the cast was removed.   Not so.  I have limited range of motion in wrist – still can’t type or control the mouse with right hand. I am diligently doing exercises, and progress is being made, – but not at the keyboard where I want and so sorely need the use of that right hand :(  One of these days all will be well again. but right now it’s still a struggle.  Bear with.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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More on SMIS sex abuse scandal

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This was supposed to have been posted 27 October.  I just discovered it still sitting with draft blogs.:

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More news on the sex abuse scandal at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo Japan:

27 October 2014:  Former St. Mary’s teachers faced child sex abuse charges in U.S.

27 October 2014:  St. Mary’s school in Tokyo to investigate child sex abuse after teacher’s rape confession

And  the referenced letters of apology

21 January 2014:  Brother Lawrence Lambert fic apology to his victim (one of two)

21 January 2014:  Brother Lawrence Lambert fic apology to his victim (one of two)

21 January 2014:   Apology by Brother Raymond  Ducharme fic as VP to Brother Lawrence victim

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Doctor’s appointment this am – must run

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Does anyone know…?

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The name of Father Peter Groulx has been added to the list of accused.  Father Groulx, a priest with the Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario was charged 20 October 2014.  The charges date to 2003 – 2005 and are alleged to have transpired in Terrace Bay, Ontario.

I have a few links to add to the page (having difficulty uploading several documents right now).  I will finish that up later.  For now I want you to know that this priest has been charged.

Note that Father Groulx has been assisting at parishes down in Florida for several years, at least during the cold Canadian winter months.  The last inkling that I can find of him being active as a priest in the Thunder Bay Diocese is 2009.

Does anyone know if he has been assisting at parishes in the Thunder Bay area?  at any time of year?

Does anyone know specifically when and why he “retired”?

Any and all further information welcome.

Please note the following in the OPP press release:

Anyone with information about these or similar incidents involving the accused is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 807-887-2637 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Father Groulx has a courtdate 25 November 2014

I commend the complainant  for going to police.  Please keep him/her in your prayers.

*****

A terrible day of horror and terror in the Nation’s Capital on Wednesday.   What can I say? The whole week has been surreal.

“God keep our land

“Glorious and free…..”

Sylvia

 

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Not easy

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We now have coverage of day two of the second Father Dan Miller sex abuse trial.  Both papers publish on Wednesdays hence the delay.

  22 October 2014:  Priest denies charges of child sexual abuse

22 October 2014:   Priest claims no recollection of victim denies molestation allegation

Nothing from the Pembroke Observer!

I started jotting some notes of my observations from Friday past at the Pembroke courthouse.  Hopefully I will get that together and posted over the next few days.

Mark your calendars…

Justice Martin James will render his verdict at 10 am, 03 December 2014 in the Pembroke courthouse.

Please keep the complainant in  your prayers.  I have no doubt that Friday was an extremely  difficult day for him.  The whole morning was a verbose and often muddled Father Miller denying that he,  Miller, knew the complainant, and denying that he,  Miller, would do such awful things. Not easy to watch and hear.

Pray that justice is done.

*****

Father Omer Desjardins omi will appear in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan circuit court for sentencing tomorrow morning:

 23 October 2014:  10 am, for sentencing, Blaine Lake circuit court, 107 Main Street, Community Hall, Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan

This one really has flown under the radar.  Desjardins, charged in September 2014, entered a guilty plea in amazingly short order.  There was no media coverage.

I was told that tomorrow’s court date is for sentencing.  I think that may include a sentencing hearing first?

If anyone has any information please pass it along.

I encourage those who are free to do so to attend.

Please keep the victim in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Absolute disaster

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Day two of Father Dan Miller’s second sex abuse trial.  Miller took the stand in his own defence this morning.  Examination in chief and cross examination complete at noon.

I doubt that defence lawyer Robert Carew is thrilled with his verbose client.  I’d describe it as an absolute disaster.  Past experience reminds me that this is no measure of the verdict, but if Father Miller thought he could take the stand and run the Crown around by the ear he was sorely mistaken.

Closing arguments by Crown and defence start at 2 pm.  That will probably be it for the day.

Enough for now

Sylvia

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Another name on the list

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I have added three pictures taken yesterday (14 October ’14) outside the Pembroke Ontario courthouse after day one of Father Dan Miller‘s sex abuse trial.  I thought he had gained a few pounds since he was previously convicted?   No matter, the one for sure is that there was no indication – at least to me –  that he lost weight while serving 6 months of a nine month sentence.

The trial continues Friday, 17 October 2014 at 10 am in the Pembroke courthouse.  For a number of reasons I’m not going to blog anything regarding testimony on day one of the trial – the fact that I was unable to take notes or record is high on that list :)  However, as is inevitably the case there is also a publication ban on the identity of the complainant – recounting much of that testimony would create problems in abiding by the ban so best I leave it alone.  I can and will however tell you that the complainant testified that Father Miller masturbated him to ejaculation on two occasions.  The complainant was a boy of 12 or 13 at the time.

Please keep the complainant in  your prayers.  And please, if you are free to so, get to the courthouse on Friday morning.  I will never understand why so few Roman Catholics attend these trials in person. It is so important, both to offer support for the complainant and to understand the nature of the charges and how they are dealt with in court.

*****

There are two courtdates tomorrow (16 October 2014)

(1) Father Bernard Buckle

Father Bernard Buckle has a courtdate tomorrow in Stephenville,  Newfoundland.  His trial date has been set for 18 February 2015 so this probably tied into what documents can be entered into evidence and which witnesses will be called.  It MAY I suppose be occasion to enter a guilty plea – one just never knows.  I have missed guilty pleas because I thought nothing of significance was going to happen in court on a particular day.  However, this probably routine legal haggling/preparation for trial?

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.  If anyone does attend please let us know if anything of significance transpires.

(2) Deacon William Kokesch

16 October 2014:  Sentencing, Montreal courthouse

Tomorrow is the sentencing for Deacon Kokesch.   Kokesch pleaded guilty to child porn charges last February.  There is a good chance that this will be a sentecing hearing in which case sentencing may be set for a later date.

I encourage those who can do so to attend.

*****

Another name added to the Accused list….

The name of   Father Robyn Gwyn, a priest with the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario, has been charged.  I have added a page with as much info as I can find at this time.

I missed the news on these charges because of my medical woes over the past 6 weeks. It looks as though news of the charges hasn’t reached Ontario.  I can find no coverage at all.

I am trying to some more info – awaiting call backs or emails – trying to sort out what exactly Farther Robyn Gwyn was doing in Berwick, Nova Scotia?

And, yes, I certainly am curious as to why he retired back in 2004 and as of 03 May of that year is on ” is on indefinite leave from active ministry.” He’s 66 now so would have been all of 56 at the time.   Did something of significance happen in 2004?

Any information regarding Father Gwyn is most welcome.

I commend the complainant for coming forward.  Please keep him in your prayers.

*****

Cast is due for removal tomorrow :)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Badgering

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I attended day one of second sex abuse trial of Father Dan Miller today.  First and important:  the trial continues on Friday morning (17 October 2014)  at 10 am at the Pembroke courthouse.  There is no court tomorrow:  Friday 17 October is the next day.

I will blog a few thoughts tomorrow.  I asked permission to tape (because arm in cast and unable to take notes).  Permission denied!  Without notes it is nigh to impossible to cover what transpires during any trial.  I will do what I can.  I do have a couple of pictures taken today to post – will get those up tomorrow.

The only person on the stand today was the complainant.  The day ened with the Crown resting his case.  A good part of the day was spent with Mr. Carew (Miller’s lawyer) badgering the witness mercilessly,  parsing every word the complainant has uttered in the past., and doing all that he could do to discredit him

More to come

Enough for now

Sylvia

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Trial

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Some court updates and heads up:

1.  Father Dan Miller

Previously convicted molester Father Dan Miller’s second sex abuse trial starts this Tuesday.  The trial is booked for two days:

14 & 15 October 2014:  10 am,  TRIAL Pembroke court house (297 Pembroke Street East)

I encourage those who are within driving distance and free to so to attend.  Please keep the complainant in your prayers this thanksgiving weekend.

2.  Father Gary Hoskins

Father Gary Hoskins next court date is:

01 December 2014: 10 am, Corner Brook courthouse, Nfld, “first plea”

As I said elsewhere, most people will have anticipated that because Father Hoskins was committed to stand trial the next court date would be his trial date. That alas is rarely the case. There will probably another few courtdates before the actual trial date is set.

Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers

3.  Father Abraham Azhakathu mst

A trial date has been booked for Father Abraham Azhakathu mst:

05 March 2015: TRIAL booked for two days, Court of Queen’s Bench (Superior court), Peace River, Saskatchewan

The charges were laid March of this year. This is amazingly fast – as far as I’m concerned this is the way all cases should proceed.

4.  Father Omer Desjardins omi

This was a huge surprise. I called to get the next court date for Father Omer Desjardins. His next court date is for sentencing! He must have quietly entered a guilty plea:

23 October 2014 ; 10 am, for sentencing, Blaine Lake circuit court, 107 Main Street, Community Hall, Blaine Lake, Sask

  I had hoped to get some more information about this, specifically  to confirm a guilty plea.  I did query twice that the next court date is for sentencing and was told each time that, yes, is for sentencing.  There can’t be sentencing without either a guilty verdict or guilt plea, and to my knowledge there has been no trial, so he must have plead guilty.

My goodness but these cases seem to move so much faster in Saskatchewan.  I wonder why?  Any ideas anyone?  It goes to show it CAN be done a whole lot faster, doesn’t it?

Note that court will be in the community hall in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan.

Please keep the victim in your prayers.

5.  Father Robert Couture

Sorry, I was unable to get through to anyone to get the next courtdate for Father Couture.  i will try again next week.  I will be out Tuesday and Wednesday so will try on Thursday.

*****

Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend :)  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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SMIS sex abuse scandal

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Is there any news on the Father Omer Desjardins in Saskatchewan? I haven’t checked online yet – hoping someone can bring us up to date and direct me to media coverage.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

My husband’s condition has improved significantly in the past two days so I will now endeavour to get up-to-date on the court dates of the past couple of weeks.  I am still hampered with a broken arm so takes me forever to do the simplest of tasks and have settled in to the reality that I just will not be able to use right hand until the cast is removed two weeks from now.  I feel like a bird with a broken wing :)  I will however do my best to get updates on all court dates.

*****

I have just posted the latest in the St. Mary’s International School sex abuse scandal:

04 October 2014:   Kagei letter to parents and alumni re contact by victims and talk of some sort of inquiry

I must say I have deep concerns:

1.  I hope and pray that those victims who have contacted the school will speak out elsewhere so that the magnitude of the scandal can be fully understood and also so that we can see what, if any, cover-up, has accompanied the scandal.  It is victims who can tell us who knew what and when, and what action if any was taken by school officials and the Brothers

2.  What kind of inquiry is Mr. Kagei setting up? and who will be appointed to look into the allegations?    I fear this is an attempt to placate the troubled masses and in so doing to take control to keep the lid on the scandal.  I hope and pray I am mistaken, but it looks so eerily familiar.

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Many thanks for all your prayers, emails, cards and goodies during the past few difficult weeks.  I can not begin to tell you how much they were appreciated.  Words fail me completely.  Thank you.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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