Wrapped up today

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The sex abuse trial of previously convicted former Cornwall teacher the Marcel Lalonde wrapped up today with closing arguments.  A few comments to come tomorrow.

My husband and I, Lalonde’s partner and one female Lalonde supporter were the only people in the courtroom.

The verdict will be rendered 06 December:

06  December 2017: VERDICT, 10 am,  Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W., )

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Big BIG trouble in New Brunswick

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Ex-priest and serial Oblate molester Eric Dejeager  is now costing we the tax payer a small fortune.  Here is the latest:

16 November 2017:  Ex-priest Dejaeger’s appeal starts moving through Nunavut court

Remember, Dejaeger had been denied legal aid to file an appeal, and then Justice Sharkey graciously stepped into the fray and ruled that Dejeager ws to have a court appointed lawyer with fees picked up by the A So, a team is poring through “boxes of volumes” of documents and expect to be ready by 15 March 2018 to “perfect the appeal,” which means doing what must be done to have the case ready to go to the Court of Appeal.   The lawyers have been ordered to provide the Crown lawyer with all relevant data by mid February so that they have sufficient time to prepare their arguments.

A date for hearing the appeal will be set 15 March 2018.

I certainly hope that whoever is handling the appeal for the Crown will given as much consideration regarding time constraints as Dejaeger’s new legal team!

So, Eric Dejeager’s next court date is:

15 March 2018:  “to perfect the appeal.”  Iqaluit court house, Iqaluit, Nunavit

Please keep the many Dejaeger victims in your prayers.

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Father Clair Richard, one of the Richard twins who were both priest and both molesters, has died.  The following is the short note on the Diocese of Antigonish website:

 

 

 

He has gone to meet his maker.

Thank you to Lloyd for drawing this news to our attention.

Please keep Father Richard’s victims in your prayers.  This is generally  a difficult time for them.  And yes, despite the convictions, he was still a priest.

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Oh my!  Big BIG trouble in New Brunswick.

Despite the Bastarche deals in both the Diocese of Bathurst and Archdiocese of Moncton – and flat refusal to release the names of those  clergy identified as predators via the conciliation process – the names of ‘alleged’ clerical molesters and magnitude of the scandal are slowly leaking out into the public domain:

 15 November 2017:  56 lawsuits against Catholic Church that allege sexual abuse are before N.B. courts

I think the header should aptly  read the Catholic Church in New Brunswick might be broke?  No matter, the battle continues to get insurance agent to pay:

16 November 2017:  Catholic Church might be too broke to compensate sex abuse victims

It’s getting late after a busy day, and I have to be on the road early in the morning so I can say no more.  Read the articles.  And weep.

When will they learn?!

*****

A reminder that the Marcel Lalonde. trial wraps up tomorrow:

17 November 2017:  10 am, closing arguments, courtroom #4 12 Dec. 2016, Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W., )

I encourage those who can do so to attend.

Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.

And, for those who may have missed, I bogged a few words about testimony from Wednesday:

16 November 2017:  That Crown has become a defence lawyer

 

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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That Crown has become a defence lawyer

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Okay, a little information regarding testimony yesterday (Thursday 16 November 2017) at the sex abuse trial of previously convicted former Cornwall school catheter Marcel Lalonde.

Background

1.  Marcel Lalonde has been previously charged and convicted, as I understand it, three times. I will have to sort that out – right now there is mention of being previously convicted twice;

2 Lalonde was a good friend of  Ken Seguin an ex-seminarian turned probation officer at the heart of the Cornwall sex abuse scandal.  Seguin committed suicide November 1993 after Perry Dunlop started asking questions and the David Silmer sex abuse had allegations came to light;

3.  Don Johnson was the Crown at the time of what I can only say was the  thoroughly botched January 1989 Cornwall Police “investigation”  into sex abuse allegations against local Roman Catholic teacher, Marcel Lalonde. In that instance, there were a total of six complainants.  With regard to one of the complainants  Johnson – then the Crown –  told Cornwall Police Service Constable Kevin Malloy  that the sex between Lalonde and the complainant was consensual:  charges  were not laid.  With regard to the other complainants,  Malloy allegedly asked Staff Sgt Wells if the Lalonde file could be placed in abeyance for a spell because he, Malloy,  wanted to interview Lalonde.  And that was the end of it!  The Children’s Aid Society was not informed.  The school was not informed.  Lalonde continued to teaching.

Johnson also told Malloy that there were no grounds to obtain a search warrant of Lalonde’s home for photos of nude persons.

Since then, that Crown has become a defence lawyer.  Don Johnson is Marcel Lalonde’s lawyer ;

4.  In 1997 – eight years after that Cornwall police “investigation”  Lalonde faced 16 charges from seven male complainants.  The investigation became weighed down in jurisdictional issues, and essentially whether or not, since Perry Dunlop had information regarding Lalonde allegations, Project Truth should be handling the file.  At the end of the day the Lalonde allegations were broken from the other Project Truth allegations and investigated separately.     If memory serves me correctly, at one time   there were three different police forces or groups ‘investigating.”  When the case finally went to trial the trial got bogged down with allegations that Perry Dunlop had not disclosed information.  (Those following the Cornwall Public Inquiry know that what in fact had happened is that files which Perry had disclosed were not shared between various investigative bodies.    The left arm didn’t know or have a clue what the right was doing.  It was a mess! )

Lalonde was convicted  on charges related to abuse of  four  victims.  He was acquitted on charges related to allegations of three complainants.  Don Johnson was representing Lalonde.  (On 04 July 1997 he sent a letter to the Crown regarding a bail review hearing for Lalonde.)

5.    Don Johnson testified at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.   His testimony was to be related solely to his years as a Crown attorney.    Johnson expressed concerns that he might be asked questions which would violate Lalonde’s solicitor-Client privilege.  Thus, lawyers were allowed to ask questions of Johnson which were deemed to be “safe.”

Current Charges

1.  Lalonde is facing three charge from one complainant:  one of sexual assault, and two of sexual interference.   These charges date to the Fall of 1989.  The charges were laid February of 2014.

After a preliminary hearing in January 2015 Lalonde was committed to stand trial.

2.  For reasons unknown a three day trial set for June 2016 never got off the ground.  Again, for reasons unknown, a four day trial set for December 2016 ended up as day one of this trial which, as we now know, continued on Tuesday of this week, 14 November 2017.  Yes, you read it right.  That’s almost one full year from day one to day two of the trial;

3. Don Johnson, the former Crown, is defending Lalonde.

Testimony at this trial (Wednesday, 15 November 2017)

There is a publication ban on the name of the complainant and anything which would reveal his identity.  I will refer to the complainant as “Greg.”

There were two Crown witnesses called, one male and one female. Both were students and fellow classmates of Greg.

Much of  the testimony related to whether or not students at Sacred Heart school stayed after school for certain activities.  The male witness recalled staying after school for activities on a fairly regular basis, sometimes right after school and occasionally in the evenings.  He did not recall having to have his parent’s permission to stay.  There was testimony regarding what time the school closed, and whether or not teachers stayed for a period of time after school was out.

There were also questions related to what time school was dismissed..

After the above two witnesses testified the Crown’s case was concluded.

Defence began its case.

Don Johnson called two witnesses on Thursday:  (1) Marcel Lalonde and (2) Kevin Lamoureux

Marcel Lalonde

1.  Marcel Lalonde, now age 69, testified in his own defence.    He started teaching in 1969.   He attained a B.A. from Ottawa U. in 1987.  He attained a B.Ed. from Ottawa U. in 1991.  With the exception of one course he was able to attain credits for all courses in Cornwall;

2.  He is homosexual.  He was married in 1979 (did not say for how long, only that he had been married in 1979).  He taught at Catholic schools.  He did not initially disclose his homosexuality for fear of retaliation against the Separate School Board but testified that those close to him knew;

3.  Has been living  with Kevin Lamoureux since 1986 – had known him for six years before they moved in together;

4.  Taught at Bishop Macdonnell Catholic school from 1969 until 1987.  Taught at Sacred Heart school from 1987 to 1997.  (Both are elementary schools – classes fro Kindergarten to Grade 8)

5.  In 1989 was taking two University of Ottawa courses, one being Religion;

7.  Testified that he  wears dentures.  In his examination in chief (by Don Johnson) testified that he and Kevin engage in oral sex, and that when they do, he, Lalonde, has to remove his dentures or he, Lalonde, gags.  There was no testimony as to how long he has had these dentures;

6.  There is some sort of issue regarding Marcel Lalonde’s criminal record and what can be entered into evidence at trial.

Don Johnson read out what was referenced as Lalonde’s criminal record.  There was one set of convictions read out in court as being Lalonde’s criminal record.  Lalonde agreed that that was it.  Under cross examination however he said soemthing which made clear that there had been another conviction, and this came from a guilty plea a guilty plea he made while he was in jail.

Lalonde testified that what happened in that case was consensual.  He said he entered a guilty plea on the advice of his lawyer who, he says, told him that since he, Lalonde,  was already in jail he would not end up spending any more time in jail if he entered the guilty plea.

The victim in that case was, by the sound of it, 19.

There followed some  discussion between Crown and judge regarding Lalonde’s criminal record and what could be entered into evidence or addressed at trial.

The Crown indicated that she would like to know when the assault of the 19-year-old transpired and hence would like to see the record.     The judge has a soft voice – I couldn’t hear what she was saying at all so have no idea what is going to happen with this.  Puzzling;

6.  At one Lalonde point denied that Greg ever was in class for any period of time class after school hours, but later it was “I don’t believe so.” ;

7. Lalonde insisted that children did not stay after school without a note from parents.  Those students who wanted to help clean up the classroom would be required to bring a note giving permission to stay the following day, or whatever day or days.  Lalonde filed and kept those notes.  According to Lalonde this was a rule which came from the Principal;

8.  He insists that he was out of the school as soon as he was free to leave ;

7. Lalonde  alternately denigrated Greg as a problem child, a belligerent child, a bully and/or a child who needed a lot of discipline and a lot of extra help.   Testified that Greg was “bad” but when questioned about that comment replied:  “Did I say that?  Children aren’t bad.”

He testified that he had to  give Greg simpler assignments which the boy could accomplish, and that he had to find things for Greg to do to make Greg “feel good.”   There was an inference that the boy was perhaps mentally slow.  But then he  testified that the boy was smart and intellectual, and Lalonde had to challenge him.

At times, according to his testimony, he wanted Greg to see him as a friend.

8.  Lalonde met with Greg’s parents at their home.  Lalonde testified and insists that he was invited. He insisted that the visit was made during the day;

He denies that he joined the family for supper.  He also said something about the parents inviting him because they wanted Greg to see him, Lalonde, as a person.

He testified that he had a cigarette out on the porch, and that he accepted a beer offered to him by Greg’s Dad.   He seemed to have great difficulty recalling what they talked about.

 When the Crown suggested that he visited the parents to tell them how well Greg was doing he replied:  “It’s nice to make people happy sometimes.”    At another point in his testimony said:  “I’m not just a teacher, I’m a person too.”

9.  He testified that he now works as a gardener, and as a housekeeper and assists Kevin at KAV Productions.

Levin Lamoureux

1. Now age 55.  DOB 19 September 1962.

2.  Moved to Cornwall in 1977 – and into  Bishop Macdonnell school in Grade 7.  Lalonde was a teacher at Bishop Macdonnell school.  Lamoureux said he knew who Lalonde was as a teacher but they did not meet during that time frame;

3. Living with Marcel Lalonde since 1985.  Initially not many knew about them but gradually more and more knew as society was changing and it became more acceptable;

 4.  Attended St. Lawrence High School.  He became involved with a musical theater group in his last year of high school (Grade 13).  This is when he and Lalonde became acquainted  and would socialize at Lalonde’s house;

 4.   Said that Lalonde did not keep children in after school and added: “He didn’t want to stay at the school.”;

 5.  Testified that he and Lalonde had their routines .  Lamoureux would have considered 4:30 pm late for Lalonde to get home.  Said that Lalonde would tell him, if, for example, he, Lalonde, was visiting parents that night.  He testified that it would only be the odd time that Lalonde would visit parents – it was not often.

 6.  Lamoureaux is the owner of KAV multimedia productions.  He operates out of the home.  He testified that he “doesn’t really ” have employees.

He also has a part time job in tourism.

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The Marcel Lalonde trial continued this afternoon (Thursday 16 Nov. ’17).  Defence was scheduled to call two more witnesses.  I didn’t make the drive down.

Closing  arguments are scheduled for tomorrow:

17 November 2017:  10 am, closing arguments, courtroom #4 12 Dec. 2016, Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W., )

I encourage those who can do so to attend.

Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.

*****

Does anyone have ready access to trial dates and convictions for Marcel Lalonde?  If yes, could you please send them along?  I think the information is all tucked away in transcripts and media articles .

*****

I will post an update on Eric Dejaeger and the articles re New Brunswick lawsuit and Father Clair Richard’s death this evening – will let you know as each is posted

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Trial is moving along

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The sex abuse trial of previously convicted molester and former Cornwall Ontario teacher  Marcel Lalonde trial continues today at noon:.

16 November 2017: NOON, continuation of TRIAL which commenced 12 Dec. 2016, Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W., )

Marcel Lalonde took the stand in his ow defense yesterday.  His examination in chief and cross examination are completed.

Defence is calling two more witnesses today and that’s the end of testimony.  Note again, the trial continues at NOON today.

The trial is moving along a little faster than anticipated.  Closing arguments will be given tomorrow (Friday, 17 November,)  The  12 December previously booked date will probably be used for the judge to render her decision.

There is a publication ban on the name of the complainant and anything which would identify him.  Unfortunately I missed the testimony given by the complainant and his mother so don’t have the actual details of the allegations.  After hearing Marcel Lalonde testify I have a pretty good idea what the allegations are, but will steer clear of speculating lest I create confusion.

The courtroom was virtually bare.  Aside my husband and I, there were two female Lalonde  supporters in the courtroom.  That was it!

I’ll give a little more information later.

There was, alas, no media in the courtroom.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Ex priest and former fugitive Eric Dejaeger had a court date yesterday in Iqaluit.  This was to be an update on preparations for his appeal .  It is highly doubtful that Dejaeger would have been there.   As before, he probably appeared by video cam from his current residence at the Warkworth Institution, a medium security facility  near  Campbellford, Ontario. 

Dejeager is serving 19 years in jail.  Actually  he’s serving 11 years,  8 years was deducted as 2:1 credit for time served.  As per court order ,  Dejager is being represented by a court appointed lawyer whose tab will be picked up by the Attorney General of Canada.

Hopefully there will be some coverage of what’s happening .

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Another fugitive priest

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The next court date for convicted sexual predator and former long-time Chancellor of the Diocese of Alexander-Cornwall Father Denis Vaillancourt is:

15 December 2017: 10 am, sentencing, courtroom #7, Cornwall Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W..

Please keep the victim and his family in your prayers.

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The name of another fugitive priest, Father Raoul Gauther,  and a link to a page with further information has been added to the Accused list.

As you see, Father Gauthier originally hailed from and was ordained for  the Diocese of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.  He showed up in Minnesota around 1940, and, with one exception,  from there on served as a Chaplain in three different Catholic hospitals.  The one exception was the year he spent at Our Lady of the Snow in Nevis, Minnesota.  Thsi is referred to as a  “clergy retreat house” run by the Servants of the Paraclete, however, it is also known as “treatment” for clergy accused of sexual misconduct, including sexual abuse of children.  Why he was there is unknown.  It is possible he was working, but – he was  right back at St. Michael’s Hospital after that one year, so….?  Time perhaps shall tell?

And then, of course, there it is:  charges laid in November 1979 for the August 1978 sexual assault of  a 37-year-old mentally retarded man.

What did Father Gauthier do?

He fled the country!  Off to Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.  And, alas,  that was the end of it.  A decision was made not to extradite..

Whether or not this fugitive priest assisted in any way in the Diocese of Gravelbourg is unknown.  I believe it goes without saying that the poor souls in the community had not an inkling that Father Gauthier was a wanted man, nor of the nature of the charges against him.

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The trial of previously convicted molester and former teacher  Marcel Lalonde trial has resumed today.

I really wanted to get down there but, given that yesterday was a holiday,  was unable to confirm that it was still scheduled for today.  It’s a little over a two-hour drive each way so just did not want to risk losing hours on the road 🙁

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Busy!!!  Another page to add for Father Lucien Larre.  His name has been on the Accused page for yeasr – just never managed to get information together and posted.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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In memory of Barb

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In memory of Barb MacKerrow.  May her dear soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

The Father Mark Buckley page is posted 🙂  If I come across other documents which I feel should be posted I will do so and let you know.  There are a a number of documents which I have, for various reasons,  opted not to post at this time.

Has anyone heard the outcome of the Alberta Teacher’s Association disciplinary hearing, or, does it take a few days for a decision?  (I believe the hearings wrapped up on Thursday last?  )

I did send an email off to the Diocese of Peterborough asking is Father Bickley has been laicized, and, if yes, when.  No response as yet.

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The trial of previously convicted molester and former teacher  Marcel Lalonde trial is scheduled to resume tomorrow in Cornwall:

14 -17 November & 06  December 2017:  10 am, continuation of TRIAL which commenced 12 Dec. 2016, Cornwall, Ontario  courthouse (29 Second St. W., )

I tried to confirm but it’s a provincial holiday today so the courthouse is closed. I do encourage those who can do so to attend.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Next on my list is comments about Father Gaetian Deschamps.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Bit of a challenge

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Well, it’s a  bit of a challenge putting this information on Father Mark Buckley together.  As I mentioned before, going back 17 years does have it’s difficulties.  I have decided that tomorrow  I will post what I have and then add to it when and as I can.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Sentencing

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Sentencing for  convicted sexual predator and former Chancellor of the scandal-plagued Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese Father Denis Vaillancourt is this morning:

10 November 2017: 09:00 am, sentencing,  courtroom #6, Cornwall Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.)

OI am unable to get down to Cornwall.  Please pass along news of the outcome.  My prayer is that he will spend some time in jail for his crimes

Please keep the victim and his family in your prayers

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The next court date for Barrhaven, Ontario school teacher Jessica Beraldin is:

23 November 2917: 9 am, “to be spoken to,” court room #11, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.); 03 November 2017.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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Sentencing tomorrow

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I’m getting a Father Mark Buckley page together –  taking longer than I had anticipated.  I know, I always say that 🙁  I’ll just never learn!  But, going back 17 years searching out files does have its difficulties – I think at least five new computers in the interim!

Anyway, I’ll do a little more and then post it, with every  intent to add more info at a further date.  Once that is done I will get back to the Fathers Gaetan Deschamps and Bernie Cameron pages and blogs.  And, once it is posted publicly I will let you know 🙂

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Sentencing for  convicted sexual predator Father Denis Vaillancourt is tomorrow:

10 November 2017: 09:00 am, sentencing,  courtroom #6, Cornwall Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.)

Please keep the victim and his family in your prayers

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Nor do I know if he’s still a priest

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Father Mark Buckley, actively homosexual  priest from the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario who variously opened a pet shop,  bilked a widow out of her nest egg, eluded charges related to financial problems at his parishes after  Bishop James Doye came to his rescue, and was recycled into the field of education (by Bp. Doyle) and, after his stint at OISE,  shipped off to Calgary to teach at a Roman Catholic school and minister to unwitting Catholics in the Diocese of Calgary.

07 November 2017:  Former Calgary principal accused of fraud, turning elementary school into ‘zoo-like environment’

I now realize that, for whatever reason I never opened a page on Buckley – I put his name on the Accused list and just linked to an article I wrote about him in 2000:  Friends in High Places.      Anyway, there is a lot of information in that article .  True, it’s a bit of a read, but, I do believe in light of these recent happenings, well worthwhile.  Friends in High Places indeed.  I wonder if they’re still available?

I will try to get a page together for Buckley as soon as I can.  The last I knew he was still a priest with the Peterborough diocese but teaching in a non-Catholic school in Calgary.  I don’t know how long ago that was, nor do I know if he is still a priest.  Things to find out 🙂

Anyway, here is the latest on Mark Buckley.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

 

 

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