Further media on Father James Boudreau charges

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Retired priest charged with sexual assault

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Nicole O’Reilly, Hamilton Spectator

Jan 14, 2011 – 10:46 AM

A retired Catholic priest charged with sexual assault by Guelph police also served in parishes in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville throughout his career.

The charge against Reverend James Boudreau stems from an alleged incident in 1984, while he was an associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in Guelph. He was arrested Wednesday.

“On behalf of Bishop Douglas Crosby, who is out of the country at this time, I want to express our sadness and our concern,” Monsignor Vincent Kerr, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton said in a statement.

“Bishop Crosby has asked me to share that we will be cooperating fully with police should they require any information from the Diocese.”

Kerr said Boudreau was ordained in the USA in 1978 and began serving as a priest of the Diocese of Hamilton that same year.

He retired in December 2009.

The investigation began in December and was handled by the Guelph police service’s sexual assault child abuse unit.

He has been released from custody and is to appear in court in March.

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Sex assault charged laid against former priest of Stoney Creek Church

StonyCreekNews.com

Jan 13, 2011

Guelph Police have charged a long-time priest with sexual assault in connection with an investigation into a complaint against a Catholic priest’s actions in Guelph in 1984.

The 67-year-old suspect was a priest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at the time of the alleged crime.

He has also been a priest at several other parishes in the region, according to police.

Rev. James M. Boudreau was the parish priest at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Stoney Creek from 1989 to 1996.

According to the church website, “Father Boudreau became Pastor in 1989.  He had been here to assist Father Papa before his ordination. This enthusiastic, outgoing pastor has worked successfully to pay off our mortgage and to improve our church.  He will be remembered for his outgoing personality and his abilities as a preacher.  He left the Barnabites in 1996 to become a Diocesan priest and is presently the pastor at St. John Church in Kitchener.” 

The Guelph Mercury reported that city police started the investigation in December. It was a case handled by the police service’s sexual assault child abuse unit.

The suspect has been released from custody. He is to appear in court in March.

Anyone with information that might assist police in relation to this matter is asked to call Sgt. Andrea Ninacs of the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212, ext. 329 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit online at: www.crimestoppers-wellington.com.

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Police charge former Hamilton priest

AM900 CHML (Hamilton)

Canadian Press

1/13/2011

Police in Guelph have charged a former Hamilton priest with a sex assault alleged to have taken place more than two decades ago.

67-year-old James Boudreau was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of sexual assault.

Police say the charge stems from an incident alleged to have happened in 1984.

Investigators say Boudreau was a pastor at St. John The Baptist Church at the time.

Boudreau was released on undertaking and is due in court March 1.

Boudreau, a member of the Roman Catholic church since 1978, also served in churches in Burlington

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 Police charge former Hamilton priest

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1/13/2011

Hamilton News – Courtesy AM900 CHML

Canadian Press

Police in Guelph have charged a former Hamilton priest with a sex assault alleged to have taken place more than two decades ago.

67-year-old James Boudreau was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of sexual assault.

Police say the charge stems from an incident alleged to have happened in 1984.

Investigators say Boudreau was a pastor at St. John The Baptist Church at the time.

Boudreau was released on undertaking and is due in court March 1.

Boudreau, a member of the Roman Catholic church since 1978, also served in churches in Burlington and Oakville since.

One Response to Further media on Father James Boudreau charges

  1. kayla says:

    Hi. I have been following your site on father James Boudreau. He was my priest at a church in Burlington and I was absolutely devastated when the charges came out. I was just wondering if you had any more information on his trial. I know his last court date was November 30 th. Do you have any idea how it went? Please let me know.
    Thank you.

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