1310 News (Ottawa)
04 January 2012
1310 News staff Jan 04, 2012 15:05:18 PM
The public reaction to Raymond Lahey‘s child porn trial has been overwhelming and has come from supporters and people wishing to condemn the former Bishop alike.
His defence lawyer Michael Edelson said Lahey has received hundreds of letters of support and there were women in the courthouse following the trial who claimed to be there in support.
But there has also been outcry, including an outburst in court Wednesday from a man alleging Lahey abused him in 1966 here in Ottawa.
“I was abused by him when I was a kid, about 11 years old,” Roger Touchette told reporters waiting outside the Elgin Street courthouse Wednesday.
This came after his expletive-laden outburst in court where he called Lahey a f***ing demon and yelled, “I’m a survivor!” when the judge called in court security.
“He came here in Ottawa when he was studying here in Ottawa,” said Touchette who said the abuse happened when he was attending the Roman Catholic Church on Sussex Drive.
He said the assault only happened once but he claimed he’s still suffering because of the assault. He said he never knew the name of the priest who he said molested him until he saw Lahey’s face on TV for this child porn case.
He told 1310News he was sure it was him saying, “You don’t forget a person.”