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Paul Leroux 1970 (Postmedia News file photo published in 16 Oct. 2013 Saskatoon Star Phoenix )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               Paul Leroux

Paul Mary Leroux

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14 June 2016:  FSIN angry over parole for residential school sex offender Paul Leroux

06 June 2016:  Sex offender Paul Leroux allowed to serve rest of sentence out of prison

05 May 2015:  ordered back to jail (sentence on appeal increased from three to eight years)

06 May 2015:  BLOG Appeal sends serial molester back to jail

05 May 2015:  “Sask. appeal court drops sex conviction; adds jail time” & related articles

19 February 2015:  Report of day’s events at Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina

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Charged and convicted three times for sex abuse of boys at residential schools. most recently for sex abuse of boys at Beauval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

Native of Granby Quebec.  I am told Leroux is an ex-seminarian.  He alleges he was sexually abused as a teen when he sang in the church choir.  He was a former supervisor at residential schools in Northern Saskatchewan and Inuvik, NWT.  1979 convicted for sex abuse of boy in Inuvik.  Convicted 1998 for sex abuse of a number of boys at Grollier Hall residential school in Inuvik.  I am told that at that trial he was defiant – accusing the victims of forcing sexual contact.  The trial was part of what is referred to as the Grollier Hall trials – tried and and convicted of sex abuse of boys in separate Grollier Hall trials were Jerzy George Maczynski, Jean Comeau,  and Father Martin Houston.

September 2011: 13 charges of indecent assault laid in relation to  allegations of sex abuse of boys age 3 to 18 at Beauval Indian Residential School between 1960 to 1967. Again Leroux was defiant, claiming these current 2011 charges are “copy-cat” charges. 03 May 2012:  after conclusion of preliminary hearing was  ordered to stand trial.  Tried by the Court of Queen’s Bench in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

By trial 14 complainants had come forward alleging abuse by Leroux at Beauval Indian Residential School.

[For about two or more years the Principal at Beauval school during Leroux’ time was Father Norbert Dufault omi.  Dufault has since been convicted for the the sex assault of eight native girls during the 50′s and 60s. ]

In November 2013 Leroux was convicted on 10 of 17 charges related to sex abuse of boys and young men at at the school and in December 2013 was sentenced to three years.  He appealed the conviction.  The Crown appealed the sentence.  In September 2014 Leroux was granted day parole, and, only two months later, 0n 30 December 2014, he was granted full parole.  On 05 May 2015 the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ordered Leroux back to jail:  one of Leroux’ convictions was overturned, but the judges ruled that the original sentence was insufficient for the crimes committed.

In 1998 Leroux was out after serving three years of a 10 sentence for sex abuse of 14 boys and young men at Grollier Hall in Inuvik

In 1979 Leroux spent four months in jail for sex abuse of a boy in Inuvik.  He has also faced charges of possession of child pornography – outcome of those charges unknown.

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18 February 2014:  Lerous is appealing his conviction.  The Crown is appealing the sentencing.  Both appeals will be heard in Regina at 10 am, courtroom #7, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan)

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Saskatchewan  Court of Appeal – dismissal of Leroux application for court-appointed counsel at appeal :  Defence:       Judges:

Beauval Residential School trial 2013Defence:  Self-represented.  Crown:  Mitch Piche.  Judge:  M. D. Acton

NWT (Grollier Hall):    Defence:    J. Brydon.   Crown:    Mr. S. Couper & Ms. D. Sylvian.   Judge:  Justice John Vertes

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19 February 2015:  Report of day’s events at Saskatchewan  of Appeal

Grollier Hall and “The Devil of Grollier Hall”

December 1964:  Voice of the North (December ’64  edition of Beauval Indian Residential School school paper.  At that time Father Norbert Dufault omi was Principal and Paul Leroux was “Boy’s supervisor.” Both are now convicted molesters.)

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Legal Documents

05 May 2015:   Saskatchewan  Court of Appeal decision 05 May 2015:  on Leroux’ appeal, one conviction quashed; on Crown’s  appeal , sentence increased from three to eight years and Leroux ordered to report to RCMP or police within two days of ruling (meaning back to jail).

12 December 2013 (Beauval, Sask, abuse) :  Sentencing Decision

05 November 2013 (Beauval, Sask, abuse):   Paul Leroux:  Judgment 2013 (convicted)

16 September 2013 (Beauval, Sask, abuse) :   Denial of application for similar fact evidence (Grollier Hall)

16 September 2013 (Beauval, Sask, abuse) :  Dismissal of application for stay of all 17 charges

15 August 1998 (Grollier Hall abuse):   Her Majesty the Queen v Paul Leroux: Reasons for Sentencing

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Latest News (Scroll down for further media coverage)

06 June 2016:  Sex offender Paul Leroux allowed to serve rest of sentence out of prison

03 June 2016:  BLOG  What a farce!

06 May 2015:  BLOG Appeal sends serial molester back to jail

18 February 2015:  BLOG Leroux victims: You were not forgotten

17 February 2015:  BLOG  Pack the courtroom

12 February 2015:  Boarding School Pedophile Out on Parole in Saskatchewan After One Year Served

10 February 2015:  Paul Leroux gets parole after serving 1 year for residential school abuse

09 February 2015:  A ‘crushing’ 10-month sentence

02 February 2015:   Notorious Grollier Hall sex offender gets full parole

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Next court date (Appeal):  18 February 2015,  10 am, courtroom #7,  Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, Regina, Saskatchewan Regina at 10, courtroom #7,  (2425 Victoria Avenue, Regina)

Next court date (Beauval Residnetial School charges):  CONVICTED;    05 December 2013:  10 am,  Sentencing, Battleford courthouse (291 – 23rd Street West, , Battleford, Sask.);  05 November 2013:  Judge to render verdict, Battleford courthouse (291 – 23rd Street West, , Battleford, Sask.)14 October 2013:  TRIAL – 10 am, Battleford courthouse (291 – 23rd Street West, , Battleford, Sask.) – booked for three weeks22 January 2013:  pre-trial (NOT open to the public) Battleford courthouse (291 – 23rd Street West, , Battleford, Sask.)30 April 2012:, Preliminary hearing, 09:30 am, Meadow Lake court house (207 3rd Avenue East), Meadow Lake,  Saskatchewan (ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL);  21 December 2011: 10 am, Beauval court house (Mary Magdelene RC Church in Beauval, Sask.,  serves as the courthouse)19 October 2011, Beauval court house, Beauval, Saskatchewan

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MEDIA (Scroll down past “Timelines” for further coverage)

05 May 2015:  “Sask. appeal court drops sex conviction; adds jail time” & related articles

20 December 2013:  Crown recommends appeal of Leroux sentence & related article

12 December 2013:  “Paul Leroux gets 3 years for residential school abuse” & related article

06 December 2013:  Crown seeks 11 years in Beauval sex abuse

06 November 2013:  “Leroux conviction brings relief to former student” & related article

06 November 2013:  Dorm supervisor guilty of molesting boys

06 November 2013:  “Former residential school supervisor convicted” & related articles

05 November 2013: Ex-residential school worker convicted of abusing boys (Updated)

05 November 2013:  “Former residential school supervisor found guilty of 10 sexual offences” & related articles

05 November 2013:  Ex-residential school worker convicted of abusing boys

05 November 2013: Ex-residential school worker convicted of abusing boys (Updated)

05 November 2013:  “Former residential school supervisor found guilty of 10 sexual offences” & related articles

05 November 2013:  Ex-residential school worker convicted of abusing boys

05 November 2013:  “Decision In Leroux Trial Expected Tuesday Afternoon” & related article

MBC Radio coverage of Paul Leroux sex abuse trial in Battleford, Sask.

30 October 2013:  Ex-supervisor denies molesting boys at residential school

29 October 2013:  “About 50 people march in Battleford Tuesday to protest treatment of residential school survivors” & related articles

25 October 2013:  Accused takes the stand in Saskatchewan residential school abuse case

23 October 2013:  Last of prosecution witnesses in Saskatchewan residential school abuse case

16 October 2013:  “Leroux trial begins in Battleford” & related articles

15 October 2013:  “Trial begins for Sask. man accused of abusing 14 residential school pupils” & related article

15 October 2013:  Residential school abuse trial begins

04 May 2012: “Former Saskatchewan residential school supervisor going to trial” and other similar articles

10 October 2011: Beauval school worker always suspected boys abused

15 August 1998:   Her Majesty the Queen v Paul Leroux: Reasons for Sentencing

August 1998:  Leroux Admits Taking Pics of Boys

Articles from the ’90s re Paul Leroux

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Pictures of and from Beauval Indian Residential School, Beauval Saskatchewan (Click picture to enlarge).  The first seven pictures depict the school and classes as they would have been when Paul Leroux was working there as dorm supervisor. (I have redacted names of the children.)  The last three show the first school which burned to the ground in 1927 and the memorial to the 19 little boys who lost their lives in the fire

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Timelines

The following information is drawn from media (M)

 

December 2013:  Convicted on 10 of 17 charges related to sex abuse of boys at Beauval Indian Residential School.   Sentenced to three years

03 May 2012:  ordered to stand trial (M)

30 April 2012 – 03 May 2012:  Preliminary hearing

September 2011:  13 charges of indecent assault related to allegations of sex abuse of children age 3 to 18 at Beauval Indian Residential School between 1960 to 1967 (M)

March 2008:  RCMP investigation commenced (M)

2003: accessing adult pornographic websites.  His parole forbade viewing or accessing child porn.  The board amended his conditions to restrict him from looking at all pornography  (M)

1998: CONVICTED on a number of counts of gross indecency and indecent assault which transpired while he was a supervisor at Grollier Hall in Inuvik. (According to reports, 17 charges were dismissed.   He entered guilty pleas  to nine counts of gross indecency and was also found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted buggery ) Sentenced to 10 years in jail and a 10-year-weapons prohibition  (M)

June 1997:  Charged:  32 charges of sex assault related to allegations of 15 male complainants.  Charges related to his years at Grollier Hall (M)

25 April 1997:  appeared in B.C. Provincial Court on charge of possession of child pornography.  Outcome unknown  (M)

02 April 1997:   police searched his room in Vancouver and found “one of the largest seizures of (child pornography) ever made” in Vancouver.  He was later charged with possession of child pornography (M)

1995:  retired (M)

1994 (?):  around 1994 began to work as a freelance investigator for the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the BC Human Rights Council

1990:  allegedly obtained a federal pardon for his 1979 conviction  (M)

1988: Regional Director of Canadian Human Rights Commission in Vancouver, British Columbia (M)

1981: hired by Canadian Human Rights Commission in Vancouver, British Columbia  (M)

1980:  Hired by Employment and Immigration (M)

1979:  CONVICTED of sexually abusing a boy in Inuvik, NWY (M) according to one media report, spent four months in jail

1967-1979:  supervisor at Grollier Hall (M)

 according to media reports, during his years in Inuvik Leroux served as a justice of the peace for 12 years, a judge in family juvenile court, president of the Inuvik Soccer Association, treasurer of the NWT Ski Team, a hockey and soccer coach and a Big Brother.  (M)

1960-1967:  dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School in Northern Saskatchewan (M)

Raised in Granby Quebec.  Worked as a playground supervisor in Granby before moving to Saskatchewan to work as a supervisor at Beauval Indian Residential School in Northern Saskatchewan  (M)

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Residential school employee responds to charges

Canada msn       Saskatchewan

by CBC news

30 September 2011

Residential school employee responds to charges

A man charged with abusing boys at an Indian residential school where he worked in northern Saskatchewan has responded saying the allegations are outrageous.

Paul Leroux, a dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School from 1960 to 1967, wrote to the CBC Friday defending himself against allegations of abuse.

“The laying of these copy-cat charges, despite much contradictory evidence, is irresponsible and an outrage,” Leroux said.

The Prince Albert RCMP have charged Leroux with 13 counts of indecent assault.

The victims were male residents of the school between the ages of three to 18 at the time of the alleged offences and cannot be identified.

Police started their investigation three years ago.

Leroux, who currently lives in Vancouver, said he could not fully respond to the allegations for legal reasons.

Financially difficult to defend himself

“It is difficult to believe that, in this country, a person in his 70s is asked to ruin himself financially to defend so many false charges from half a century ago,” he said.

In his email he also responded to his 1998 conviction in Inuvik where he was convicted on nine counts of gross indecency and indecent assault while he was supervisor at Grollier Hall in Inuvik.

“In the aftermath of convictions in Inuvik in 1998, including many wrongful convictions, a good number of former students who had previously said they had never been abused changed their story and filed fraudulent lawsuits in the hope of getting out-of-court settlements that others had received,” Leroux said.

He said he has filed a complaint of perjury that was never fully investigated.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in provincial court in Beauval on Oct. 19.

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Residential school employee responds to charges

CBC News

Posted: Sep 30, 2011 5:58 PM CST

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2011 4:59 PM CST

A man charged with abusing boys at an Indian residential school where he worked in northern Saskatchewan has responded saying the allegations are outrageous.

Paul Leroux, a dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School from 1960 to 1967, wrote to the CBC Friday defending himself against allegations of abuse.

“The laying of these copy-cat charges, despite much contradictory evidence, is irresponsible and an outrage,” Leroux said.

The Prince Albert RCMP have charged Leroux with 13 counts of indecent assault.

The victims were male residents of the school between the ages of three to 18 at the time of the alleged offences and cannot be identified.

Police started their investigation three years ago.

Leroux, who currently lives in Vancouver, said he could not fully respond to the allegations for legal reasons.

Financially difficult to defend himself

“It is difficult to believe that, in this country, a person in his 70s is asked to ruin himself financially to defend so many false charges from half a century ago,” he said.

In his email he also responded to his 1998 conviction in Inuvik where he was convicted on nine counts of gross indecency and indecent assault while he was supervisor at Grollier Hall in Inuvik.

“In the aftermath of convictions in Inuvik in 1998, including many wrongful convictions, a good number of former students who had previously said they had never been abused changed their story and filed fraudulent lawsuits in the hope of getting out-of-court settlements that others had received,” Leroux said.

He said he has filed a complaint of perjury that was never fully investigated.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in provincial court in Beauval on Oct. 19.

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Accused pedophile in Sask. case has history of sexual abuse

Accused of indecent abuse at Beauval Indian Residential School

CJME  News Talk 980

First Posted: Sep 30, 2011 7:45am

Reported by Brent Bosker

A Vancouver man at the centre of a residential school abuse case in Saskatchewan has a history of abusing boys elsewhere in Canada.

Paul Leroux, 70, was charged this week by the RCMP with 13 counts of indecent assault, involving boys attending the Beauval Indian Residential School in the 1960s. He was a dormitory supervisor at the school.

According to court documents from the Northwest Territories Department of Justice website, it’s not the first time Leroux has been accused of a similar crime.

He was convicted in 1998 of molesting boys at the Grollier Hall residential school in Inuvik. Those charges, involving 14 male victims, go back to the 1960s and 1970s, when Leroux was working as a school supervisor.

He pleaded guilty to nine counts of gross indecency. He was also found guilty of indecent assault, attempted buggery and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Prior to those convictions, Leroux worked as a regional complaints investigator for the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The latest abuse charges brought against Leroux were the result of a three-year investigation by Mounties that started in 2008.

The victims in the case were between the ages of three and 18, RCMP said.

Leroux, who lives in Vancouver, has been ordered to appear in court on Oct.19 in Beauval.

Beauval is approximately 310 kilometres northwest of Prince Albert.

Edited by News Talk Radio’s Karin Yeske.

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Former Indian residential school employee charged with abusing boys

CBC

28 September 2011

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A man who worked at an Indian residential school in northern Saskatchewan is charged with abusing boys at that institution.

Paul Leroux was a dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School in the 1960s.

He’s accused of indecent assaults against 13 boys who attended the school at that time, the RCMP said

The victims were between three and 18 years old at the time.

Police started their investigation three years ago.

Leroux is now 70 years old and living in Vancouver. He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance next month in Beauval.

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Charges laid in residential school investigation

Prince Albert Daily Herald

28 September 2011 

Herald Staff

PRINCE ALBERT — A former employee of the Beauval Indian Residential School has been charged with indecent assault following a three-year investigation by the RCMP.

Paul Leroux, 70, of Vancouver, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to the 1960s when he was a dormitory supervisor at the residential school, according to an RCMP release. The offences were alleged to have occurred from 1960 to 1967.

The victims will not be identified, but all were male residents of the school, ranging in age from three to 18 years old at the time the offences allegedly occurred.

The residential school operated in Beauval, Sask., about 270 kilometres north of Prince Albert.

The Prince Albert General Investigation Section (GIS) began the investigation into these incidents in March 2008.

Leroux will appear in Beauval Provincial Court on Oct. 19 at 10 a.m

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More Grollier Hall charges

Northern News Services

21 April 2003
Jennifer McPhee  

Inuvik (Apr 21/03) – Police have charged three former supervisors at Grollier Hall residential school in Inuvik with 29 new sex-related offences.

The charges include indecent assault and gross indecency, according to Inuvik RCMP Sgt. Mark Wharton. Paul Leroux, 63, faces 11 counts. Martin Houstin, 66, faces 13 counts and Joseph Jean-Louis Comeau, 69, faces five counts.

Grollier Hall was a dormitory-style residence for boys aged six to 19 run by the Roman Catholic Church.

Five years ago, both Leroux and Comeau were convicted of sex offences against students.

In 1998, Joseph Jean-Louis Comeau was sentenced to two years in jail for two counts of indecent assault committed in 1962 and 1963.

Comeau also served 18 months for two other convictions for gross indecency. Leroux was convicted of 14 counts of sexual abuse committed during the 1960s and 1970s.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was released on parole less than four years later. Leroux now lives inBritish Columbiaon full parole.

Earlier this year, his parole officer investigated allegations Leroux was sending threatening e-mails. The officer searched his computer and found no evidence of threats. However, Leroux’s parole was suspended after the officer discovered he was visiting pornographic Web sites.

On April 1, the National Parole Board decided not to send him back to jail. According to the board’s report, Leroux believed his parole conditions did not restrict him from accessing adult pornography.

Technically, he was right, the parole board decided. His conditions specifically forbade him from viewing or accessing child pornography.

However, the board amended his conditions, restricting him from looking at all pornography.

According to the board, “such material is, in fact, an indicator that your entrenched behaviour cycle is unmanageable and that this type of thinking error contributed to your indexed offences.”

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Leroux seeks reduced sentence

CBC News

21 June 2000

Paul Leroux appeared in court this morning to appeal his conviction on 9 counts of gross indecency and indecent assault.

The incidents happened while Leroux was a supervisor at Grollier Hall inInuvik.

Leroux told the Court of Appeal he’s representing himself because he’s had trouble contacting his Legal Aid-appointed lawyer.

He’s filed documents with the court alleging his trial lawyer was incompetent.

He wants to withdraw four of the guilty pleas he entered while Jim Brydon was his lawyer.

Leroux also wants his 10 year sentence reduced.

 

44 Responses to Leroux: Paul Leroux

  1. Sylvia says:

    Leroux’s next court date is 10 am, 21 December 2011 at Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church in Beauval, Sask. (Believe it or not, the Sask, Provincial circuit court sits in the RC in Beauval!)

  2. Sylvia says:

    I received the following email from Harold Cook a few days ago. It sounded as though it was a message he wanted to have posted. I asked Harold. He said yes. Here it is:

    “I was the victims advocate for the Grollier Hall sexual abuse
    investigation and follow up trials and ADR settlement process. I was
    four years on the file….the most enduring part of the whole process
    is when my friends were taking their lives over the shame of
    this….this Demon Leroux was masturbating every night in the cells
    when the victims were testifying…i confronted Comeau and Mazynski at
    the Correctional Center…Iwas a guard well over 200 lbs, I challenged
    them to abuse me now….Judge Vertes said that the courts is a very
    poor place for healing but it confirmed what I had told the
    authorities about being abused, they never believed me in 1963…my
    healing included grieving and saying good bye to my childhood but I
    have regained my soul….Leroux goes to court again and i gave 12
    names from the Beauval indian Residential school to the RCMP….my
    prayer and meditation are for them,,,support them”

    Thank you Harold. Your efforts have not been in vain.

  3. Lona Hegeman, Northwest Territories, Canada says:

    Right on, Harold!

  4. Michel Bertrand says:

    Stand strong Harold

  5. Sylvia says:

    Paul Leroux’ preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin 30 April 2012 at 09:30 am in the courthouse at Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. I was unable to find out how many days have been booked for the hearing.

  6. Sylvia says:

    * Good news.  After a three-day preliminary hearing former dorm supervisor Paul Leroux has been ordered to stand trial.  Trial date and location have not been set.

  7. Sylvia says:

    I am trying to get an update here. Right now I know only that the case has gone to the Court of Queen’s Bench and that Paul Leroux will be tried in North Battleford. I was unable to get a courtdate – am awaiting a call back and will post as soon as I find out.

  8. Sylvia says:

    A pre-trial is scheduled for 22 January 2013. That is NOT open to the public.

  9. Sylvia says:

    A trial date has been set for ex-seminarian, former residential school supervisor and previously convicted molester Paul Leroux.

    10 am, Battleford courthouse (291 – 23rd Street West, , Battleford, Sask.) – booked for three weeks [14 October 2013]

    I hope there are people in the Battleford area who will be able to attend, both to support the complainant and as the eyes and ears for the many people in the North who have interest in this trial. Mark your calendars 🙂

  10. 1yellowknife says:

    Thank you for the update, Sylvia. (Note: The time is posted but the date is still missing.) For those involved in this trial: prayers for protection and light.

  11. Sylvia says:

    Ooops! I had it on the page and calendar, but in my haste forgot to put it there when I posted the comment. The start date is: 14 October 2013

  12. Victor says:

    I was a student resident at the Beauval Indian Residential School in the years Paul Leroux was a boys supervisor, yes! I remember Paul Leroux quite well we used to call him the ” Pervert ” behind his back ( once a pervert always a pervert ) I appear as a witness at the Battleford Court of Queens Bench on October 18, 2013.

  13. Victor says:

    I just remembered another thing about Paul Leroux he was always playing the Schubert’s ” Ave Maria ” sung by Mario Lanza every night, I guess this was his way of putting to sleep the boys in his care, even at this present age I start yawning whenever I play this lovely music. What a waste.

  14. 1yellowknife says:

    Victor: Paul Leroux abused my former husband. I was at the Grollier Hall trial in Inuvik and heard first-hand of the immense harm Leroux did to others as well. I don’t know you, but I have a hunch that everything in life has prepared you for facing him and joining the process of holding him accountable for his actions in Beauval. Will be thinking of you and the others who are testifying. We will be in prayer for you all.

  15. Sylvia says:

    Nine pictures have been added, two of the facilities which once housed the children at the Beauval Residential School; two of the monument which was erected in memory of the 19 children whose lives were lost in a fire in 1927; and five of classes from around the years when Paul Leroux was working as a dorm supervisor at the school. I removed all the names from the pictures. I don’t know who the complainants are and just don’t want to take the chance of identifying anyone.

  16. Sylvia says:

    I just discovered that the comments thread here had closed off. Sometimes that happens – software acquires a mind of its own and does what it wants 🙂 I rarely close a comment thread, and when I do so I make it known. So, if you ever want to post a comment and find you are unable to do so, please let me know so that I can rectify the problem.

    I have just posted another picture, this of the first Beauval Indian Residential School which burned to the ground in 1927. The fire took the loves of 19 young boys. The monument is a memorial to those boys.

  17. Victor Mispounas says:

    Thank you 1yellowknife, I won’t have any problem facing that BIG A HOLE Paul Leroux I used to be afraid of him when I was just a young lad growing up at the residential school that was then this is now, I thank you all for your support and prayers.

  18. victor mispounas says:

    Well everyone out there it turns out that I did not have to get up on the stand to face Paul Laroux, but I did attend the court proceedings on Friday October 18, 2013.
    There were four of us witnesses that did not have to get up on the stand, because we were told that the court proceedings were running behind schedule I guess they cancelled us four to speed up the court proceedings. The reason the proceedings were running behind schedule I believe is that Paul Laroux was taking too long on his questioning and some of his questions that he was asking were irrelevant to the case.

    • G. R. McCallum says:

      Tansi Victor.
      I was one of the first to testify on Oct, 16th 2013 at 2pm. Of the 17 offenses brought against him he was charged with 8 counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency. In respect to me he was charged with two counts. I had to face Leroux for 31/2 hrs. I was not deterred as my memory served me well and was able to give accurate accounts. My testimony was consistent throughout in my AIP hearing, my testimony to the investigative officer and as well as the pretrial in Meadow Lake last year.

      It is unfortunate that some of the testimonies were dismissed by justice Murray Acton due to their inconsistencies. However, there was enough evidence to sentence Leroux. I stayed in the court room long enough to witness Leroux being handcuffed then went outside for some clean air. When the prosecuting lawyer was being interviewed by the media: CBC, CTV, APTN and others, I overheard the lawyer saying that anyone of those charges can carry over to five years.

      I will be returning for the sentencing on the 5th of December, 2013. After all is said and done, my wife and I are going to Italy, Greece, Turkey and back to Italy for a few weeks. In January we made an appointment to visit the Vatican where I am going to place a little stone from my wife’s reserve as a testament to will and spirit. It is also going to be a field study as I am preparing a definitive show about residential schools and how this whole process was handled from the very beginning and how the victims became victims all over again.

      I have posted further comments on facebook along with a group photograph of some of the victims with their names.

      • PJ says:

        Bravo to you my man! I admire both your courage and your willingness to share your story. May others follow your lead and continue coming forward and prosecuting these perverts for what they have done!

  19. Lona Hegeman says:

    Thanks for that update, Victor. Is there any media present in the court room? No reports noted online. Thanks again.

  20. Sylvia says:

    Yes, was there any media in the courtroom on any day other than Day One? Any links I have received or coverage I have found is from Day One.

  21. victor mispounas says:

    There was no media when I was there on Friday October 18, 2013 and the only people that were present in the courtroom were families of the victims.

    • Sylvia says:

      Thanks Victor. What a shame the media has opted not cover this from start to finish.

      Will you be able to attend any other days Victor? If yes, perhaps you could give us an idea what it is like in there, and what Leroux does and says when he has a victim on the stand for cross-examination?

  22. justanothervictim says:

    I found this while looking at national news. Not much but something.

    http://www.newstalk980.com/content/prosecution-rests-residential-school-abuse-case

    • Sylvia says:

      Thank you justanothervictim! 🙂 As you say, not much, but at least we have an idea now of where things are at. It is now posted on the site:

      23 October 2013: Last of prosecution witnesses in Saskatchewan residential school abuse case

      So, tomorrow (Thursday) Paul Leroux will put himself on the witness stand and elicit from himself the testimony which he believes will prove to the court that he is not guilty. It should be a rather interesting venture. I would dearly love to be there to watch this play out. I truly hope someone from the media will be in the courtroom to give us a sense of what happens.

  23. 1yellowknife says:

    So Leroux CRIED at the end of the North Battelford trial. What a crock!
    He did the same at the end of the Grollier Hall trial.
    And he expressed remorse. Some victims believed him.
    One journalist believed him and quoted this as a good outcome of the Grollier Hall trials.

    When the Beauval Indian Residential School charges came, Leroux changed his tune. According to credible news reports, he now states the Grollier Hall victims were motivated by financial gain.

    Whom did he fool this time? I await the verdict on Tuesday to learn of the outcome. Much strength to the men who testified.

  24. victor mispounas says:

    Hello Raymond, I was hoping to see you at the battleford court of queens’ bench, but got there too late oh well maybe some day we shall meet again I haven’t seen you since I left the beauval indian residential school back in 1964.

  25. 1yellowknife says:

    Thanks, Phil. Had been looking forward to your report of this trial.

    Posted by Northern Pride on November 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

    by Phil Ambroziak

    Leroux found guilty

    Paul Leroux, the 73-year-old Vancouver, B.C. man who was charged in connection with a series of sexual abuse charges dating back to the 1960s, was found guilty in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench last week.

    The decision came Nov. 5 after several weeks of testimony from former students and staff at the Beauval Indian Residential School, as well as Leroux himself. Of the 17 charges filed against him, Leroux was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault and two counts of gross indecency.

    “It (verdict) gives everyone a sense of relief because finally, after more than 50 years, the stories that have been known about sexual predication were verified by the judicial system,” remarked Waterhen Lake First Nation member and former Beauval Indian Residential School student Sid Fiddler.

    Leroux worked as a dormitory supervisor at the former residential school at the time the crimes took place. The charges stemmed from allegations Leroux molested a number of former male students between 1960 and 1967. And, although he wasn’t one of the victims to file charges, Fiddler said he was directly impacted by Leroux’s actions during his tenure as a student in Beauval from 1958 to 1966.

    “I was sexually fondled by Paul Leroux – a lot of us were – and a lot of us were in the courthouse to give our support to those who came forward,” he said. “The court only brought the more serious cases forward, but we wanted to be there because we knew what really happened.”

    When the trial began, Leroux pleaded not guilty. He also represented himself throughout the duration of the proceedings, defending his innocence at one point by stating he viewed himself as a fatherly figure to the students.

    According to reports, judge Murray Acton agreed Leroux likely believed this to be true, but the close relationships he developed with some of the students soon led to sexual assault. Acton also said some witness testimony contained inconsistencies because the incidents themselves took place so long ago, but added there was also a number of commonalities presented.

    “It’s unfortunate the individuals’ whose cases were eventually dismissed weren’t properly prepared in terms of the court process,” Fiddler said. “I don’t think they ever processed the trauma well enough to talk about it. If that had been the case, he may have been found guilty on all counts.”

    Leroux, who was committed to stand trial in the spring of 2012 following a preliminary hearing in Meadow Lake, was previously convicted of child molestation at a residential school in the Northwest Territories. He served a 10-year prison sentence for that crime.

    Sentencing for his recent conviction will take place Dec. 5. Leroux was taken into custody until the sentencing date.

    “I think we’ll know how we truly feel about this whole thing once the sentencing is rendered,” Fiddler said. “But, I won’t be in court that day. When you go through a court situation like this, you go through all the emotional ups and downs. It was very stressful, especially when the judge was weighing the pros and cons before announcing his decision.”

    Fiddler went on to reiterate, however, how proud he is of those who did make an effort to bring the charges forward.

    “For those who testified, it took a tremendous sense of strength and courage,” he noted. “For them to disclose the sexual abuse they endured, relive it and try to piece the trauma together once again shows a lot of resiliency. I think, by doing this, they’ll really come out stronger in the end.”

  26. Sylvia says:

    A reminder that Paul Leroux will be sentenced Thursday 05 December 2013 at the Battleford Saskatchewan courthouse. I don’t have the start time and because of phone issues related to being in Iqaulit will be unable to call to get it. Other court dates have been 10 am – perhaps wise for those who plan to attend to be there half-an-hour early, just in case?

    I encourage those who are free to do so to attend. As always, please keep the victims in your prayers

  27. Christina says:

    Sylvia: Hint – Use Skype to make any needed calls from Iqaluit. Works well.

  28. Christina says:

    I phoned the court house and reached the office of the registrar. Message left re time of verdict – Paul Leroux. Number is 306 446 7675 in case anyone else wants to inquire as well.

  29. Christina says:

    Sentencing will be tomorrow, December 5, at 10 AM Saskatchewan time and is expected to take (close to) 2 hours. Thank you staff at Registrar’s office, Supreme Court, North Battleford, for returning my call. You were more than helpful and courteous.

  30. Justanothervictim says:

    The judge has reserved his decision until December 12

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/paul-leroux-in-court...

  31. Justanothervictim says:

    I am unable to get the link to work. Here is the full article.

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    Paul Leroux verdict expected today
    Leroux conviction brings relief to former student
    Ex-supervisor denies molesting boys at residential school
    Beauval school worker always suspected boys abused
    Former Indian residential school employee charged with abusing boys

    Paul Leroux, a former dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Indian Residential School, was found guilty of indecently assaulting young boys.

    A former residential school worker in northern Saskatchewan was in court for his sentencing hearing today after being found guilty last month of indecently assaulting young boys nearly five decades ago.

    Paul Leroux, 73, a former dormitory supervisor at the Beauval Residential School in the 1950s and ’60s, is guilty on 10 counts of indecent assault.

    The sentencing hearing was held this morning at the Battleford courthouse, which was packed with victims, family and media.

    There were 17 charges altogether, including indecent assault and gross indecency. The allegations included sexual touching, oral and anal sex, and bringing boys to his room where they were given alcohol and shown pornography.

    The Crown is asking for an 11 year sentence. The charges added up as consecutive sentences would equal 25.5 years, but Prosecutor Mitch Piche said a number of factors need to be considered, including how much time has passed, that Leroux was back in society and is a low risk to re-offend.

    The judge reserved his decision until December 12.

    Leroux defends himself

    Leroux once again represented himself. He said he was at a significant disadvantage because he couldn’t get proper legal advice.

    He said over and over, “it’s unfair to use today’s standards” to sentence him. He said he should be viewed as a first time offender, because these crime happened before his last conviction, and that he questions why these victims didn’t come forward 40 years ago.

    “These matters could have been reported at any time in the past 40 years,” he said.

    Apology changes nothing: Victim

    CBC News spoke with one victim, who can not be named. He said nothing will undo what happened to him and the other victims, adding that no sentence is long enough.

    When asked if an apology would have helped changed anything, the victim said “No.”

    Previous convictions

    Leroux also has convictions from his time working at a residential school in Inuvik during the 1970s. He was sentenced to 10 years in 1998 for sexually abusing boys there.

    The Beauval school was operated by the Catholic church under the supervision of the federal government. It operated from 1895 to 1983.

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  32. Aplonia says:

    December 5th court: The judge reserved his decision until December 12, 2013.

  33. Sylvia says:

    Thank you Justanother victim and Alponia. I will mark the calendar when I get home – posting articles is a bit of an issue for me.

    Prosecutor Mitch Piche said a number of factors need to be considered, including how much time has passed, that Leroux was back in society and is a low risk to re-offend.

    What constitutes a “low risk” to re-offend? I truly don’t know. I’m not trying to be cute here. I really and truly don’t know what constitutes a low risk for a molester to re-offend, and I really get tired of seeing and hearing this. As I have said before, the “experts” have been mistaken many a time .

    • Eve says:

      We should ask Mitch if he thinks Leroux is low risk enough to live next door to his children or grandchildren or a child he loves and cares about uhh Mitch he’s low risk shouldn’t be a problem.

  34. justanothervictim says:

    Here is another link where a victim speaks a bit.

    ws/Crown+seeks+years+Beauval+abuse/9254625/story.html

    It should never surprise me that denial and minimization by those involved is still about, but here it is again. I am also dismayed that here a person in a position of trust at a school, much the same as several priests who abused at different schools, but the sentence is likely to be much more than the likes of Hod Marshall and others. So it would seem the justice system does look more fondly on priest predators compared to those in the same position of power without a collar.

  35. Victor Mispounas says:

    Paul Laroux mentioned why his victims did not come forward 40 years ago, I’ll tell you why 40 years ago there was no such thing as an RCMP Detachment in Beauval, the closest police detachment was in Ile-A-La-Crosse, Saskatchewan which is about 30 to 40 miles North of Beauval and before we could go and report sexual abuse to the proper authorities we would have to leave the school yard un-detected for at least two to three days, which in them days was impossible we were watched constantly 24 hours a day. I remember one weekend my older brother and I asked permission to go visit our parents who lived one mile north of the residential school and we were denied the visit, so my brother and I played in the yard with the boys until we thought we weren’t watched and we snuck out of the yard we didn’t even get a quarter of a mile and we were being followed by boat and some school officials came behind us on land, we finally got to the house but weren’t allowed to hug our parents, we just got grabbed and were shoved into the boat and taken back, we each received a good beating for our troubles, so it was practically impossible to leave the school grounds and I remember Paul Laroux was one of those school officials that came after us. Another thing was we were taught at the residential school never to trust the RCMP that they were only there to arrest people and put them in jail and were never given any other details and so we believed for many years after I fully distrusted the police, I remember one time I ended up in the hospital in Ile-A-La-Crosse suffering from high fever that just about killed me and when i woke up my parents asked me why I hadn’t told my supervisors about my condition and when I told them that I had tried but no one listened to me, my mom told me shhh don’t say that those priests and nuns are holy people, so now tell me who were we supposed to report our mistreatment to when even our parents didn’t believe us. I remember another incident when two RCMP officers came to the school when we saw them coming all us boys ran to the south east corner of the playground and we all bunched up there until the officers left, I think if they had come towards us we would all have scattered out of the school yard, which we had planned to do anyway that’s how scared we were of police, when I think about it today I wonder what those officers thought when they seen us all gathered in one corner of the playground.

  36. JG says:

    Victor,
    Thank You for that last post. I think every single word of your description of the “situation” is so accurate! Wouldn’t change a word or any of the questions you have or had at the time. How would the RCMP have reacted?….Good question! 40 years ago or so, before the “human rights” declaration….I think everyone in “power” pretty much had it their way and the “circles” of influence went to the same parties and shared some not so generous views of “punks” or “rebellious youth”, when (and I quote!…)..”a good Indian was a dead Indian”….when a little thief was good enough for a “correction”… There is certainly some of that “arrogance” left to this day…
    There were residential schools but there were also the “Shelburne School for boys”, “Kingsclear” , “Mount Cashel”, and so many others.. Many were aware of the “possibilities” within the walls of these institutions but chose to look the other way….
    People were not paying attention or if they knew or suspected anything, some of them “didn’t want to get involved” or , as you heard from your parents, couldn’t go against these “holy “hypocrites…
    As a kid in that schoolyard, in fear of the RCMP ….you were right to be worried! I think if you had said anything your chance at finding a receptive ear were less than 10%… You probably had a bad hair cut, dressed poorly and trained by your “jailers” not to “stare” or make eye contact at the risk of being punished and called “arrogant”…So, if an RCMP officer had talked to you, you would have stare at the ground , mumbled a few meaningless words while your “jailers” towered over the spectacle, confident with their trained, clear voice and a mouthful of blessings for all present. They had a lot of practice at this deception. That’s how they managed to last so long.
    I hope, and I hear, that your voice is strong now. You need to be heard. There is no fiction in what you described.
    I wish you the best and the strength to stare down those who tried to destroy you and so many vulnerable children.
    I hear you loud and clear.

    jg

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