Disgraced bishop faces sentencing hearing on child-pornography conviction

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The Western Star (Corner Brook, Newfoundland)

19 December 2011

Published on December 19, 2011

Raymond Lahey
Raymond Lahey

OTTAWA — A disgraced Roman Catholic bishop is back in court today for a sentencing hearing on a child-pornography conviction.

The child-porn case of Raymond Lahey has rocked his former Nova Scotia archdiocese of Antigonish.

Lahey was once the bishop of St. George’s in western Newfoundland.

The 71-year-old cleric pleaded guilty in May to importing child pornography and voluntarily went to jail to begin serving time even before his formal sentencing.

A second charge of simple possession remains against Lahey, but it is expected to be withdrawn as part of the plea deal when he is formally sentenced.

Close to 600 photos, mostly of young teen boys, were found on Lahey’s laptop and a handheld device when he was stopped at the Ottawa airport in September 2009.

An Ottawa police detective told the court this summer some of the photos including depictions of torture.

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Lahey not a pedophile, psychiatrist says

The Halifax Herald

December 19, 2011 – 6:30pm

BY STEVE RENNIE THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — A disgraced Roman Catholic bishop who got busted for having hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys on his laptop is not a pedophile, a court heard Monday.

Raymond Lahey underwent testing after close to 600 photos, mostly of young teen boys, were found on his laptop and a handheld device when he was stopped at the Ottawa airport in September 2009.

A psychiatrist told the court during a sentencing hearing that the results of those tests do not suggest the 71-year-old cleric is a pedophile.

“Overall, I don’t think that he was pedophilic,” Dr. John Bradford said.

Bradford added that Lahey is gay and has an attraction to teen boys, as well as an interest in sado-masochism.

The court heard Lahey has an addiction to Internet porn, had several one-night stands and has apparently been in a decade-long relationship. Lahey’s lawyer, Michael Edelson, told reporters the bishop’s partner is not a fellow member of the clergy.

The psychiatrist also told the court Lahey is not likely to pose a risk to the public were he to be released from custody, given his age and the fact that he has never physically or sexually assaulted a child.

The Crown is seeking a sentence of 18 to 22 months in jail and two years’ probation.

Edelson went through other cases of child pornography and sexual assault where offenders whose charges were more serious received lesser sentences than what the Crown is seeking for Lahey.

He argued Lahey’s reputation is in tatters.

“This has been an enormous fall from grace,” Edelson said.

The lawyer compared his client to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th century novel, “The Scarlet Letter,” in which protagonist Hester Prynne is marked with the letter A for committing adultery.

“He wears the scarlet letter,” Edelson said of Lahey.

“’CP’ (standing for child pornography) are the scarlet letters he is going to wear.”

Lahey case has rocked his former Nova Scotia archdiocese of Antigonish.

The cleric pleaded guilty in May to importing child pornography and voluntarily went to jail to begin serving time even before his formal sentencing.

A second charge of simple possession remains against Lahey, but it is expected to be withdrawn as part of the plea deal when he is formally sentenced.

An Ottawa police detective told the court this summer some of the photos on Lahey’s computer including depictions of torture.

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Bishop in porn case is not a pedophile, psychiatrist says

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SEAN KILPATRICK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Published On Mon Dec 19 2011

Steve Rennie The Canadian Press

Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives to the Ottawa Court House in Ottawa in May. The disgraced Roman Catholic bishop was back in court Monday for a sentencing hearing on a child-pornography conviction.Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives to the Ottawa Court House in Ottawa in May. The disgraced Roman Catholic bishop was back in court Monday for a sentencing hearing on a child-pornography conviction.

OTTAWA—A disgraced Roman Catholic bishop who got busted for having hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys on his laptop is not a pedophile, a court heard Monday.

Raymond Lahey underwent testing after close to 600 photos, mostly of young teen boys, were found on his laptop and a handheld device when he was stopped at the Ottawa airport in September 2009.

A psychiatrist told the court during a sentencing hearing that the results of those tests do not suggest the 71-year-old cleric is a pedophile.

“Overall, I don’t think that he was pedophilic,” Dr. John Bradford said.

Bradford added that Lahey is gay and has an attraction to teen boys, as well as an interest in sado-masochism.

The court heard Lahey has an addiction to Internet porn, had several one-night stands and has apparently been in a decade-long relationship. Lahey’s lawyer, Michael Edelson, told reporters the bishop’s partner is not a fellow member of the clergy.

The psychiatrist also told the court Lahey is not likely to pose a risk to the public were he to be released from custody, given his age and the fact that he has never physically or sexually assaulted a child.

The Crown is seeking a sentence of 18 to 22 months in jail and two years’ probation.

The cleric pleaded guilty in May to importing child pornography and voluntarily went to jail to begin serving time even before his formal sentencing.

A second charge of simple possession remains against Lahey, but it is expected to be withdrawn as part of the plea deal when he is formally sentenced.

One Response to Disgraced bishop faces sentencing hearing on child-pornography conviction

  1. Michel Bertrand says:

    He appeared on CTV news just 20 minutes ago and admits to an addiction to porn,. The images found was of young boys naked except for clerical paraphernalia.. and the psychiatrist says .. nope not a pedophile. I rather doubt that this guy is not a duck and what concerns me here is that if he did have these images on his computer and did travel to sex tourist area’s did he put into action his criminal obsessions In addition did he put to action his addiction onto children in our own country. His counsel asked for two days to one for time served. Boy does this sound like the chronic pedophile who terrorized northern children as well as Albertans the one and only Eric the hunter Dejeager of the faithful order of kiddy diddlers. Still don’t know the outcome of his case on the 16th December 2011.

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