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Previously convicted child molester Father John Sullivan was scheduled for a court date today in North Bay, Ontario

21 July  2015:   09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

Some of these charges (gross indecency) were laid in June 2012, and others (gross indecency and buggery) in the Fall of 2012.

Sullivan, a priest with the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

If anyone hears news of the outcome of today’s court date please pass it along.

Please keep the many victims and complainants in your prayers.

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The court date of another previously convicted child molester  Father Charles Picot was adjourned yesterday:

20 July 2015:  Former Priest to Have Trial Date Set in August

Father Picot is a priest with the Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick now living in Montreal. (Yes, like Father Sullivan he lives in Montreal, and, yes, like Father Sullivan, he is a convicted child molester who is still a Roman Catholic priest!)

Father Picot’s next court date is:

10 August 2015:  to set trial date, Bathurst courthouse, Bathurst, New Brunswick

Please keep the many victims and complainants in your prayers.

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On 13 July 2015 Father Ronald Leger csv, Viatorian priest, former student and teacher at Cornwall, Ontario’s Classical College, entered a guilty plea in Winnipeg, Manitoba to charges related to the sexual abuse of three boys.  The sex abuse of the boys dates to the 1980s and mid 2000s.

16 July 2015:  “Father Ronald Léger defrocked after sex assault plea” & related article

15 July 2015:  “Priest admits to rubbing boys’ genitals” & related article

14 July 2015   Archdiocese of Saint Boniface Press Release re Father R Leger guilty plea

As I noted, Father Leger has been stripped of his priestly faculties in the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, Manitoba.  That means only that he can not do such things as say Mass or hear confessions.  It does not mean that he has been defrocked.

Some of you may recall that while teaching at the Cornwall Classical College Leger was a good friend of Father Paul Lapierre.  Lapierre has since been charged and convicted for the sex abuse of Claude Marleau.

And, look here.  In the 1967 Cornwall Classical College yearbook Father Leger’s picture is on the same page as that of another convicted Viatorian molester, Father Paul Desilets.

I can’t help but wonder what Cornwall lawyer and Church canon Lawyer Jacques Leduc, and Denis Vailancourt,  a priest and canon lawyer in the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese, think of the news?  Both were students at the college in 1967.

Anyway, it seems that Father Leger departed Cornwall when the college closed its doors in 1968.  He has been serving in Manitoba since 1971 – most if not all of those years in the Archdiocese of  St. Boniface, Manitoba. During his years in Manitoba Father Leger founded two teen drop-in centres in Winnipeg and adopted two boys from Guyana.

According to media reports Leger will return to court for sentencing next year.  According to the courthouse the priest’s next court date is

30 September 2015:  1 pm, courtroom #301, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (408 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba )

I’m not sure if the 30 September date is a sentencing hearing?  I think it may well be?  No matter, there definitely is an upcoming court date for Leger on 30 September.

Meanwhile Father Leger is presumably off in a “therapeutic setting” preparing for, what his lawyer Saul Simmonds referred to a “ultimately a significant incarceratory period.”

We shall see…

Please keep the victims in your prayers.  And, let me take this opportunity to commend and thank all three for going to police: it is thanks to your courage that we can now refer to Father Leger as what he is, a wolf in sheep’s clothing/ a child molester.

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As I noted elsewhere, Father Joe LeClair is now Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Guelph, Ontario:

July 2015: Father Joe LeClair Associate Pastor Saint Joseph Guelph screenshot 17 July 2015 (Hamilton Diocese – Bishop Doug Crosby omi)

I’m not sure  when Father LeClair left Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity in the Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick. He was out of jail in Ontario November 2014, and was assisting Father Phil Miulligan at Blessed Elizabeth in New Brunswick in January 2015, and was gone from Blessed Elizabeth by at least  May 2015, and now he’s in Guelph.

Guelph is in the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario.  The bishop who took Father LeClair in and allowed him to serve in the diocese is an Oblate,  Bishop Doug Crosby.

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And speaking of Oblates,  Canadian Oblate Father Rocky Grimard‘s next court date in Texas is:

10 August 2015: Pre-Trial Conference, Bexar County Texas, courthouse

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

 

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Viatorian priest court date

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Viatorian priest Father Ronald Lger has a court-date tomorrow in Winnipeg, Manitoba:

13 July 2015:  10 am, courtroom #303, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (408 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba )

Father Leger, native of the Cornwall, Ontario area and who both attended and taught at the Cornwall Classical College and later founded a teen drop-in centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was  charged January 2015 with three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.  Two of the charges date to the 1980s and two date to late 2002 to late 2004.

Please pass on news or links of the outcome, and, as always, please keep the complainants in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Home

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We’re home safe and sound.  Wer sailed through the the border this morning – had been concerned that there might be huge lineups, but not at all.  When we approached Toronto we opted to move onto the paid Expressway – the Pan Am Games are on and we thought the few dollars to whip through those 40 or so miles on the expressway were well worthwhile, and indeed they were.

A good trip.  Wonderful to see and spend time with family – so very hard to say goodbye, but good to be home :)

The car is unpacked.  Tomorrow will be a little more sporting things out and putting them away for the next run, and,  weather permitting, finally getting my poor straggly and ever so thirsty bedding plants planted :)

Sylvia

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Homeward bound

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And now a belated Indepnedence Day to all Americans!  My goodness but do you people celebrate July 4th in style.  I have never seen so many fireworks in my life!  We drove from one side of the city to the other around 11 pm and everywhere we looked there were fireworks shooting into the air.  Beautiful.  Parties and fireworks at every turn.

So, this morning it was up early and homeward bound.  Today was a long drive  to Port Huron.  Tomorrow on the road again and home in the evening.  We are hoping things will be quiet at the border :)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Belated

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A belated Happy Canada Day to everyone!

Our days are busy from dawn to dusk – a fun Canada Day with all children in the neighbourhood sporting Canadiana washabale tatoos :)

Once again I am unable to send emails.  I don’t know what happens when we hit Nebraska but I am always unable to send or respond to emails while here.  Receiving is no problem – just can not send.  If you have sent an email and are awaiting a reply there will be nothing until my return to Canada next week.

Enough for now

Sylvia

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Disgusting news

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We are in Nebraska – enjoying family since arrival :)  this has been my first opportunity to get online for a few minutes.  We have all sorts of tournaments on the go – keeping us on our toes and lots of fun.

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Canadian Oblate priest Father Rocky Grimard had a court date scheduled in Bexar County Texas today (Monday, 29 June 2015)  If anyone sees  any word of the outcome please pass it along.  I won`t be able to check for the next courtdate until next week.

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Disgusting news via this external link toan article regarding the inquiry the in N. Ireland

Paedo priest Brendan Smyth paid off victim with mass card money

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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The latest

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On the road for just shy of 17 hours today.  The border crossing at Sarnia Ontario was busy, and traffic around Chicago heavy, but  the first and longest  leg of the trip is behind us and we are now looking forward to seeing family tomorrow evening :)

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Three external links to the latest news regarding allegations that Cardinal George Pell overheard and had failed to act upon a victim`s plea for help :

Pell pulls out passport to disprove claims

Passport proves Cardinal George Pell’s point

Passport proves Pell’s point

Enough for  now

Sylvia

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Hectic

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Has anyone heard any news regarding the Father Yvon Arsenault Preliminary Hearing which was scheduled for this past Tuesday (23 June 2015)? I have been unable to find any coverage, but there may well be something in the French papers.  If anyone sees anything please post a  comment with the news, or send me an email.

(Under normal circumstances I would call the courthouse tomorrow to find out if in fact the Preliminary hearing proceeded as scheduled, and if it did, if the judge rendered or reserved  his/her decision, however, we are off to the States tomorrow to visit our daughter and her family so will be unable to check until the first week of July after our return.)

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The last little while has been hectic.  Days have been filled taking care of a multitude of things, including a number of long overdue appointments :(.  I still, for goodness sake, have flats of bedding plants lined up in the front yard waiting to be planted!  They’ve been sitting there for the past three weeks –  they’re starting to look pretty pathetic – don’t think they will survive another week.  )

Anyway, the yard has had to wait – it will be made presentable after our return.

There is lots happening, just no time to post.   For now, here are a few external links, all dealing with testimony at Northern Ireland’s  Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry:

Northern Ireland: Cardinal Sean Brady admits ‘shroud of secrecy’ over historic sex abuse cases

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Cardinal Seán Brady admits ‘shroud of secrecy’ over Church sex abuse inquiry 

Historical abuse inquiry: Cardinal Brady admits ‘shroud of secrecy’ over sex abuse investigations: Cardinal Brady issues ‘unreserved apology’ to all those abused by Fr Brendan Smyth

Smyth victims take legal action against Gardaí: Victims of the paedophile priest Brendan Smyth have said they will be taking legal action against An Garda Síochána.

As I say, I will be visiting family in States for next weekend – all being well will be back 06 July.  Yes, I will keep tabs on Sylvia’s Site while I’m away – will at the very least moderate comments, but anticipate the days during this somewhat belated visit will be full :)

We are leaving at 04:30 am so must call it a day and get a few winks.  The car is packed and ready to go :)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Preliminary hearing today

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The preliminary hearing for Father Yvon Arsenault‘s Mirmachi charges is scheduled for today, Tuesday 23 June 2015:

23 June  2015: 09:30 am, Preliminary Inquiry (hearing),  Miramichi Law Courts (673 King George Highway, Miramichi, New Brunswick)

You may recall that Father Arsenault, a priest with the archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick, is already scheduled for trial by judge and jury in Moncton, New Brunswick on 14 September 2015.

I think its’ highly possible that if the judge determines that there is sufficient evidence to got to trial on the Miramichi charges those charges will be joined and tried along with the Moncton charges.

We shall see.  I think there is now a total of 20 charges against Arsenault from seven or more complainants.

For those who can attend the preliminary hearing, please remember that there will be a publication ban on all testimony and evidence presented in court, along with a publication ban on the names of complainants.  There can be reference made to such things as Father Aresenault’s attire and demeanour, and the number of people in court, but nothing that any witness says at the hearing, and nothing regarding any documents which are entered into evidence.

The judge may make his/her decision today, or may decide to reserve that decision o another day.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

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Mark calendars

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Mark your calendars!  A few courtdates this coming week:.

Monday, 15 June 2015

(1) Father Peter Groulx (Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Charges laid against Father Peter Groulx October 2014:  three counts of Sexual Assault and three counts of Sexual Interference with a person under 16 years of age contrary to the Criminal Code. The charges relate to incidents dating to 2003 to 2005 in Terrace Bay.  The details for Father Groul’s next court date are as follows:

15 June 2015 :  10 am, Preliminary Hearing,  Thunder Bay, Ontario courthouse (125 Brodie Street North. Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Please keep the complainants in your prayers, and, as always, please pass along news and/or links to media coverage of the outcome.

(2)  Nathan Labatt (Archdiocese of Regina. Saskatchewan)

Former Boy Scout leader and former youth volunteer with the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry Nathan Labatt was charged January 14 2015 with 1)  Sexual exploitation, Section 153(1) CC, 2)  Invitation to sexual touching, Section 152 CC, and 3)   Possession of child pornography, Section 163.1(4).

15 June 2015:  10 am,  Humboldt courthouse, Humboldt, Sask (805 8th Avenue)

Yes, please keep the complainants in your prayers, and please pass along news and/or links to media coverage of the outcome.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

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

Father John Sullivan was previously convicted following his guilty plea in 1992 to 32 offences involving 13 altar boys.

New charges were laid June 2012, and further charges in October 2012.  Father Sullivan (yes, he’ STILL a priest!!) is now facing, I believe three charges of gross indecency and one of buggery.

It’s now nearly three years later since these recent charges were laid. and the complainants are still waiting for their day in court!!  Please keep them and their families in your prayers.  I am sure it is extremely difficult going from court date to court date hoping that he will show up, or that there will at least be some small sign of progress toward trial.  Nothing to date.  As always, if anyone ahd any news from the court please pass it along.

(2) Ex Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger (no longer  priest but still an Oblate!)

On 04 Feb. 2015 Dejeager was  sentenced to 19 years in jail (8 years deducted as 2:1 credit for time served, therefore 11 years left to serve).  However, there  are additional charges from Edmonton Alberta which were laid in November 2011 and are apparently now being tossed in with the Nunavut charges; whether or not Dejaeger will, as is anticipated,  plead guilty to those charges and serve additional time for those crimes remains to be seen.

It’s taken some doing to get those Edmonton charges to Iqaluit.  I won’t hold my breath that it will actually happen on Tuesday.  For the sake of the complainants I hope and pray it does, but ….?

We shall see…

As it stands, Dejager’s next courtdate is currently:

16 June 2015: 1:30 pm, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Please keep the Edmonton complainants and their families in your prayers.

This has been anther case which has unfortuangtley – as do so many – dragged on and on and on for the complainants.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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