Here is what I have learned from reliable sources regarding the status of the Nunavut criminal proceedings against Oblate priest Father Eric Dejaeger
(1) On Monday 09 January 2012 Dejaeger’s lawyer advised the court that Dejaeger does NOT want a preliminary hearing and wants to go directly to trial. Dejaeger wants to be tried by judge alone (he had the option of choosing trial by judge or trial by judge and jury)
It was agreed that the trial will be held in Iqaluit, Nunavut
(2) There are a number of charges on which Dejaeger has not yet been arraigned.
The scheduled 23 January 2012 court date is for arraignment. This is Dejaeger’s first opportunity to tell the court how he wants to be tried. Given that the charges are extremely serious and indictable he has the option of being tried by a judge or by judge and jury. The court has already been told that he wants trial by judge and has opted to forego a preliminary hearing. That will probably be officially firmed up on the 23rd.
I suppose Dejaeger still has opportunity to enter a guilty plea on the 23rd, but, I somehow don’t think this is going to happen.
(3) There will NOT be a preliminary hearing starting 20 February 2012. That is definitely off.
(4) Starting 05 March 2012 there will be applications in court to determine what evidence the Crown attorney can call at trial. The judge will probably take a few days to rule. Once the judge has ruled on these motions the Crown will be able to decide how to proceed at trial, how many and which witnesses to call, and how many days should be booked for the trial, and so on. After that a trial date can be set.
Dejaeger will be present in the Iqaluit courtroom court for these proceedings. It is unknown how long they will last – probably at least two or three days and maybe up to a week.
(5) There are 37 sex-related charges. One of the charges relates to bestiality. There is one additional charge related to his failure to appear in court in 1995 (that’s when Dejaeger fled the country forBelgium) In all therefore Dejaeger is facing 38 charges.
(6) There are 21 complainants, both male and female. I don’t have the gender break-down on complainants.
One male complainant alleges he was abused by Dejaeger inBaker Lake,Nunavut. The remaining complainants – male and female – allege abuse by Dejaeger in Igloolik.
Dejaeger’s Edmonton,Alberta charges will proceed apart from what happens in Iqaluit. Dejaeger’s next scheduled Edmonton court date is 25 January 2012.
These are difficult and confusing times for all the complainants. Please keep them in your prayers.
I have word from a reliable source in Ohio that a preliminary investigation is presently being conducted in that state regarding allegations of sex abuse against Father Phil Jacobs. The case stems from allegations of sex abuse in the 1980s.
There is a statute of limitations in Ohio. I hope and pray that these allegations somehow make it through the net. Others, alas, have not. Keep the complainant in your prayers.
From another reliable source I have learned that ex-priest and convicted molester Brendan Foley has moved to Managua, Nicaragua. Foley, originally from Glasgow. Scotland, was ordained in 1970. “The singing priest” arrived in the Archdiocese of St. John’s Newfoundland in 1977. He left the priesthood in 1986. In 1990 he was charged and convicted for sexually abusing several teenage boys.
Foley, who secured accommodations in Managua within the past week or so, is said to be retiring to Nicaragua because of the cheap cost of living. Foley was born in 1946. He is retirement age.
I will now update the legal calendar and relevant Accused pages.
There are three court dates tomorrow:
(1) Father Linus Bastien for pre-trial. 9:30 am, Courtroom #19. Windsor, Ontario courthouse
(2) Father Kenneth O’Keefe for pre-trial. 10 am. Courtroom #13. Ottawa, Ontario courthouse
(3) Father Yvon Doiron sentencing hearing. 1:30 pm, Campbellton, New Brunswick court house
As always I encourage those who are free to do so to attend. And, as always I ask you to remember the complainants in your prayers, and to pass on any news you see or hear of the outcome of any of the above cases.
Enough for now,