Ex-priest, Oblate and thrice convicted molester Eric Dejeager will be sentenced today.
04 February 2015: Eric Dejaeger sentencing: Judge’s decision expected today
Justice Kilpatrick will sentence Dejeager this afternoon at 1:30 pm EST.
04 February 2015: 1:30 pm, sentencing, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut
I was poring through articles and documents trying to sort out who his defence lawyers were, and who the Crowns and judges were as Dejaeger was charged and charged again.
I concluded that Dejaeger has lived a rather charmed life legally.
For example, in one instance while in jail and convicted again, the sentence “imposed” by Justice Ted Richard was to run concurrent to that which Dejaeger was already serving.
In another case a trial date was set for July 1993 and, – well – it was just, cancelled.
And then of course the 1995 charges, and well, in that case Dejaeger was just plain gone – with, it seems, a little help from a few good friends both in and out the Church. (Yes, that was the failure to appear charge which was laid with all of those other charges and never saw the light of day.)
After he fled the country to elude justice and return to this native Belgium, Dejaeger, a wanted man and known molester, lived foot-loose and fancy-free for the next 15 years or so. His Oblate brethren knew where he was. Heaven only knows who else knew where he was. It mattered not.
Would that the victims had had as many helpful souls looking out for their legal interests over the past years as Dejeaeger did.
Anyway, here we are now, four years after Dejeager was deported from his native land and returned to Canada, waiting with baited breath for a verdict.
I earnestly pray that justice is done in some small measure for the countless souls who suffered at the hands of this sad and perverted excuse for a human being who masqueraded as a priest.
We shall see…
Please keep Dejeager’s many many victims in your prayers.
Enough for now,