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COURTS Allegations of sexual assaults from ’70s, ’80s

The Recorder (Brockville, Ontario)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:10:56 EDT PM

Wayne Lowrie  By Wayne Lowrie

GANANOQUE – A long-time church organist here has been charged with sexual assault dating back more than three decades.

Brian Joseph Lucy, 65, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to the investigating officer, Const. Scott Gee of the Gananoque Police Service.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred between January 1977 and January 1983.

Lucy, a lifelong resident of Gananoque, is the son of Grant W. Lucy, founder of the Gananoque Boat Lines, and he is the organist at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church on Stone Street.

Gee said an investigation was started in July and Lucy appeared in Brockville court on Oct. 4 to face the charges.

Lucy was released from custody on a promise to appear for his next court hearing on Oct. 25 before an Ontario Court of Justice judge in Brockville.

Gee said the investigation is ongoing and was tight-lipped about the details of the case. The constable said one victim is involved in the charges but declined to say whether the victim was a juvenile at the time because it might help to identify him. Nor would Gee say whether the charges were related to Lucy’s position at the church, where he has been organist since 1969.

Lucy was not at his organ on Sunday, Oct. 6, two days after the charges were laid, and the church was searching for a new organist.

In Christmas 2011, the balding and bespectacled Brian Lucy wrote in the church bulletin about “my role as church organist.”

“Each Sunday during my ascent to the church loft the consciousness of the Divine becomes overwhelming. From the first to the last notes played, I find no greater exhilaration in life than being a church organist,” he wrote.

Gee asks that anyone with information about the investigation contact the Gananoque Police Service at 613-382-4422 or 613-382-4509.

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SEX CHARGES

A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GANANOQUE IS FACING AT LEAST 2 SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

CKWS TV

09 October 2013

A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GANANOQUE IS FACING AT LEAST 2 SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

POLICE SAY THE CHARGES AGAINST 65-YEAR-OLD BRIAN LUCY STEM FROM ALLEGED INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED OVER 30 YEARS AGO.

NEWSWATCH’S MORGANNE CAMPBELL REPORTS.

For well over four decades Brian Lucy was the organist at St John the Evangelist Parish in Gananoque.

Now the 65 year old is facing sexual assault charges involving a minor.

Those allegations date back to the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Shocking news for those who knew him.

Jim Douglas:

“I’m pretty surprised, Brian is a really nice guy, he’s worked on our condo for us so it just really is a big surprise. ”

Lucy has since resigned from his position at the parish.

Gananoque Police Constable Scott Gee says an investigation into Lucy started in July.

As a result, he was charged with one count of indecent assault on a male and gross indecency.

According to the criminal code at that time, the victim would have been under the age of fourteen at the time of the assault.

Morganne Campbell:

“Lucy was arrested on August 27th, his first court appearance was on October 4th, Gananoque Police held off on releasing that information in an effort to protect the identity of the victim.

During his court appearance on October 4th, a publication ban on all evidence was put in place.”

Lucy has been released from custody on a promise to appear.

We went to Lucy’s William Street

Condominium to ask him about the allegations.

S/U: Phone: Ringing

But he was unavailable.

Police are appealing to the public for more information.

Cst. Scott Kee:

“There are people out there that are aware of some circumstances or incidences that may involve the accused and we are asking those people who have that information to contact our police service.”

In a statement the Archdiocese of Kingston says they are taking the allegations seriously and to the best of their knowledge the charges are not related to his work at the Gananoque parish.

Lucy will be back in a Brockville courtroom on October 25th.

Morganne Campbell CKWS Newswatch Gananoque.

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Church organist faces sex charges

09 October 2013

GANANOQUE – A prominent member of a Catholic church here is facing at least two sex related charges.

Brian Lucy, 65, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency.

Police say the charges stem from alleged incidents in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The investigation began in July. The charges were laid on October 4, but police just reported them Wednesday.

Lucy is the organist at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

He will be back in a Brockville court on October 25.

Newswatch’s Morganne Campbell is following the story and will have full details tonight.

@Jouno_Morganne

@CKWS_TV

3 Responses to “Church organist faces sex charges” & related articles

  1. Sylvia says:

    It’s all just strange. Not a public boo about these charges until it hit Sylvia’s Site. It seems that according to police there was no release of information in order to protect the identity of the victim. In my experience there is always, however, a publication ban on the names of victims of sexual abuse, in fact victims who want to speak out publicly have to get the ban lifted before they can do so.

    There is an added ban here on all evidence.

    Strange.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Press release from the Archdiocese of Kingston:

    “The Archdiocese of Kingston has learned that Brian Lucy has been charged with two Criminal Code offences. We understand that these alleged offences occurred some 30 to 35 years ago.

    Mr. Lucy has resigned his position as organist at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Gananoque. To the best of our knowledge, the charges are not related to his work there.

    The Archdiocese takes allegations of this nature very seriously and will cooperate fully with any police investigation.”

  3. Leona says:

    “We understand that these alleged charges occured 30-35 years ago”. Sounds like the Archdiocese is minimizing the offences. Is that another way of saying “I don’t understand why the victims can’t just get over it.”

    If the church truly took “allegations of this nature very seriously” they would be asking if anyone was harmed by Lucy report to the police. By saying “To the best of our knowledge, the charges are not related to his work there.” would not encourage anyone to come forward with any information. They might as well say “Nothing to see here! Move along!”

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