Gabriele A. Del Bianco
Gabe Del Bianco
Ex priest, Diocese of London, Ontario. Ordained 1982. Left priesthood in 1996 after he had been reported. April 2011: charged with three counts sexual assault for incidents 1983-86. Further charges laid for total of 19 by at least five complainants. Lawsuits from at least 10 women alleging child sex abuse. Has admitted fathering the child of one of his victims.
Allegations of abuse at rectories in Windsor, Lakeshore and Wallaceburg, Ontario and at a cottage in Grand Bend.
19 December 2013: BLOG Great disappointment
18 December 2013: BLOG The girls’ fault for consenting?
Next court date: 14 May 2014: sentencing, Sarnia Ontario courthouse (700 N. Christina Street) ;
24 February 2014: Verdict to be rendered, Sarnia Ontario courthouse; 19 December 2013: submissions continued (originally scheduled as tentative date for verdict), Sarnia, Ontario courthouse; 18 December 2013: submissions from Crown and defence, Sarnia, Ontario courthouse; 16 15 October 2013; 10 am, TRIAL, Sarnia, Ontario courthouse – booked for about eight days (Superior Court of Justice); 23 November 2012: to schedule trial, Sarnia Ontario courthouse; 22 October 2012: preliminary hearing – booked for three days in Sarnia Ontario courthouse; 04 June 2012 : 09:30 am, “focusing hearing”Sarnia Ontario courthouse; 19 December 2011: to set next court date, 09:30 am, courtroom #3, Sarnia, Ontario court house; 08 December 2011: Sarnia courthouse, first appearance on the 16 new charges – possibly also continuation of pre-trial hearings; 03 October 2011 : Sarnia courthouse, continuation of pre-trial hearings; 22 September 2011: 09:30 am, court room #5 “for pre-trial,” Sarnia court house; 09 August 2011: 09:30 am, courtroom #3, “to set a date,” Sarnia court house, Sarnia, Ontario; 25 July 2011 Sarnia courthouse, Sarnia Ontario; 11 July 2011 Sarnia courthouse, Sarnia Ontario ; 20 June 2011: 09:30 am. (“to speak to.” Sarnia courthouse, Sarnia Ontario); 16 May 2011: (Preliminary hearing. Sarnia courthouse, Sarnia Ontario)
24 October 2011: 16 new charges laid for a total of 19 charges (at least four more complainants)
File #: 1711998110492
20 February 2012: BLOG “After the Storm”
21 October 2009: Learning about the power of slow and the right to joy
17 October 2013: BLOG Who is paying?
17 October 2013: BLOG Awaiting news
16 October 2013: Ontario woman describes sex with priest as ‘rough and weird’
16 October 2013: Sexual assault trial begins against former Catholic priest
16 October 2013: BLOG Any media?
24 October 2012: “Former priest to stand trial on sex charges”
22 October 2012: Former priest charged with sex offences in court
16 November 2011: Ex-priest faces new charges, four girls now allege sex offences
12 November 2011: More alleged victims of priest emerge
17 April 2011: 7th woman comes forward in priest sex abuse case
Bishops of London Diocese from time of Gabriel Del Bianco’s ordination until his departure: John Michael Sherlock (7 July 1978 – 27 April 2002 ).
Auxiliary Bishops: Marcel André J. Gervais (19 Apr 1980 – 3 May 1985); Frederick Bernard Henry (18 April 1986 -o 24 Mar 1995).
The following information is drawn from Catholic Directories of the same date, media (M), the diocesan statement above (D) and personal info (P)
24 October 2012: ordered to stand trial on all criminal charges in Ontario Superior Court (M)
22 – 24 October 2012: preliminary hearing (M)
April 2011: first charges laid (M)
2011: works as a counsellor in Kincardine, Ontario (Bruce County) (P)
President of Innerfit, Auburn, Ontario (M)
2011 lawsuit filed by two women who allege sex abuse as teens while Del Bianco served in Wallaceberg
2000: started Innerfit, a wellness company Auburn, Ontario (P)
?: counsellor in Bruce County. (M)
1996: 981 Wellington Rd. South, London, P.O.106
1996: LEFT the PRIESTHOOD (D)
1995, 1994, 1993, 1992: Pastor, Sacred Heart RC, Windsor, Church (CCCD)
1994: allegations of “improper conduct” to diocese (D) sent for evaluation (D)
1990-94: Pastor, Sacred Heart RC, Windsor, Church (D)
assisting Del Bianco 1992-1995 was Father Linus Bastien. Bastien was charged October 2011
1988-90: associate pastor at St. Gregory in St. Clair Beach and part-time chaplain at St. Anne’s high school, Tecumseh (D)
1987-1988: administrator at St. Rose of Lima, Windsor (D)
1985-87: associate pastor at St. John Vianney RC Church part-time chaplain at Brennan high school in Windsor (M)
1985-86: St. John Vianney Windsor (Pastor Father K. A. Bondy) (CCCD)
1984-85: studies in Rome (D)
1981-84: associate pastor at Our Lady Help of Christians, Wallaceburg, Ontario (D)
Women file suit against ex-priest
Diocese apologizes for ‘all the hurt’
By Dave Battagello, The Windsor Star April 16, 2011
Gabriele Del Bianco, now 54, was transferred to Windsor in 1985 by the London diocese and served at several area parishes following three years as associate pastor at Wallaceburg’s Our Lady Help of Christians.
London lawyer Rod Dale, who is representing the women, said he anticipates more victims will come forward now that the lawsuits, which also name the diocese, have been made public.
On Friday, the diocese said that Lambton County OPP have filed three charges of sexual assault against the former priest.
Dale praised the diocese for offering counselling for the women and trying to reach financial settlements out of court.
Another victim, who was not among the six, settled a week ago, Dale said. Details of that settlement are not being released.
“We are open to working out fair, reasonable settlements as quickly as possible,” said Mark Adkinson, spokesman for the diocese.
The diocese released a statement Friday apologizing for “all of the hurt these and other victims have experienced.
“We are committed to living up to our responsibilities and obligations to victims of sexual misconduct in the search for justice and truth. The victims who have come forward are making a difference and we thank them for doing so.”
Parishioners at the affected churches will receive a letter from Bishop Ronald Fabbro at the conclusion of mass this weekend apologizing for Del Bianco’s alleged conduct.
Del Bianco served in Windsor as associate pastor at St. John Vianney church and part-time chaplain at Brennan high school from 1985 to 1987, according to the diocese.
He was administrator at St. Rose of Lima in 1987 and 1988, then became associate pastor at St. Gregory in St. Clair Beach and part-time chaplain at St. Anne’s high school from 1988 to 1990.
He was pastor at the former Sacred Heart church in Windsor from 1990 until 1994. Del Bianco was removed from the parish after the diocese learned of his behaviour. He left the priesthood in 1996.
Del Bianco moved north and was a counsellor in Bruce County -eventually serving as president of Innerfit, a wellness company in Auburn, Ont. He left the job field once his legal troubles emerged in the past year, his Toronto lawyer John Banfill said Friday.
Banfill said he was only familiar with the claims of two of the women. His client admits there were “boundary transgressions” and the former priest regrets his actions.
“Mr. Del Bianco has taken the position some behaviour on his part was inappropriate,” Banfill said. “That’s probably all I can tell you at this point because of the pending action.
“I will say in my experience in these cases there is some element of exaggeration as a consequence of the passage of time.”
The lawsuits allege Del Bianco groomed his victims after starting a youth group at Our Lady Help of Christians church involving students in grades seven and eight, said Dale. The allegations have not yet been proven in court.
Dale said that according to the lawsuits the priest identified pre-adolescent girls who were troubled or vulnerable and then befriended them by giving small gifts or toys to make them feel special.
He took them out for pizza, ice cream or fast food and even grew close to the families involved, often being invited to dinner where he won the trust of parents, Dale said.
Del Bianco, in his mid-20s at the time, then started to invite the girls to his room at the rectory. He was even trusted to taking the girls on overnight stays to cottages lent to him by the parishioners.
The former priest dressed stylishly, drove a sports car and told the youngsters tales -including that he once was a CIA operative, Dale said.
The lawsuit alleges his sexual advances started with innocent hugs and kisses, but eventually led to giving the girls alcohol and abuse that escalated to include fondling, oral sex and intercourse, the lawyer said.
The victims have suffered a lifetime of emotional and psychological problems, Dale said.
“A generalization is they were largely excellent students, but after the abuse their grades fell substantially, they dropped out of high school, became promiscuous with older men and had alcohol or drugrelated problems,” he said.
“All of them have significant emotional problems in their relationships with friends, spouses and kids. None of them achieved their occupational potential and are resentful of authority figures. This had a terrible emotional, reallife impact on these women.” firstname.lastname@example.org