Former teacher, Cornwall, Ontario. Previously charged and convicted three times. New charges laid February 2014. Allegations of sex abuse against Lalonde and the subsequent police investigations – or lack thereof – of those charges was the subject of much testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
Marcel Lalonde was once married. He molested at least one of his victims both before and after he, Lalonde, was married. That victim, who was also molested by Father Charles MacDonald, testified at the Cornwall Public Inquiry under the moniker “C-6.” C-6′ brother was molested by Lalonde and probation officer Ken Seguin.
Lalonde was a good friend of Ken Seguin an ex-seminarian turned probation officer at the heart of the Cornwall sex abuse scandal. Seguin committed suicide November 1993. There have been numerous out of court settlements to men alleging sex abuse at the hands of Ken Seguin. Lalonde has been living with his male partner for many years .
February 2014: New charges laid. These charges date to the Fall of 1989. The botched Cornwall Police Service investigation into other allegations against Lalonde was January 1989 (that’s the “investigation” which went nowhere – CAS was not notified of the allegations, nor was the school at which Lalonde was then teaching, nor was Lalonde interviewed. Nothing was done. Six complainants, and nothing done)
13 January 2015: after a preliminary hearing Lalonde was committed to stand trial in Ontario Superior Court of Justice
There seem to have been issues getting this case to trial. After a preliminary hearing in January 2015 Lalonde was ordered to stand trial. For reasons unknown, a three day trial set for June 2016 never got off the ground. Again, for reasons unknown, a four day trial set for December 2016 ended up as day one of a trial which was scheduled to be continued November 2017. Unfortunately there was no media coverage so we really have no idea what is happening. As it stands now (January 2017), Marcel Lalonde was be back in court in November 2017 for the continuation of trial which started 12 December 2017.
16 November 2017: BLOG That Crown has become a defence lawyer
Defence: Don Johnson Judge: Justice Laurie Lacelle Crown: Claudette Breault
Next court date: 06 December 2017: 10 am, VERDICT, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., );
14 -17 November & 06 December 2017: 10 am, continuation of TRIAL which commenced 12 Dec. 2016, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., ) ; 19 January 2017: 10 am, to set next date for continuation of TRIAL which commenced 12 Dec. 2016, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., ) ; 12 December 2016: 10 am, Day ONE of trial ( unsure what is happening here, but there is a court date for this date, and the previously scheduled four-day trial is no longer on the books ), TRIAL, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., ); 09 February 2016: status check (on June trial) Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., ) 27-30 June 2016: TRIAL, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., Cornwall)
13 April 2015: 10 am, Assignment Court, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.) ;
13 April 2015: 2 pm, pre-trial hearing (NOT) open to the public, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.); 1 2 February 2015: 10 am, Assignment Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.) ; 09 February 2015: 09:oo am, Assignment Court,Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.) ; 13 January 2015: Preliminary hearing, 10 am, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.) ; 15 May 2014: 09:00 am, “to be spoken to,” Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.) ; 29 April 2014: 09:00 am, courtroom #2,”to set date,” Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.) ; 25 March 2014: 09:00 am, courtroom #2, first appearance, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.); 20 February 2014: 09:00 am, courtroom #2, first appearance, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W.)
Don Johnson was the Crown at the time of the botched Cornwall Police “investigation” – later, after he became a defence lawyer, Johnson represented Marcel Lalonde.
When Johnson was called upon to testify at the Cornwall Public Inquiry he was at the time representing Lalonde. This was problematic due to issues of solicitor client privilege and Johnson’s concerns that he might be asked questions which would violate his solicitor/client privilege. Lawyers were, however, allowed to proceed to ask some questions which were deemed to be ‘safe.’ Here, for those interested, is the transcript:
07 January 2009: Transcript of Don Johnson testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry
Here, again for those interested, are the transcripts of Constable Kevin Malloy’s testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Both transcripts address Malloy’s January 1989 “investigation” :
David Silmser’s sex abuse allegations against Marcel Lalonde were never investigated by Cornwall police.
C-6 testified at Cornwall Public Inquiry that he was sexually abused by Father Charles MacDonald and Marcel Lalonde
C-8 alleged he was sexually abused by Marcel Lalonde. He later recanted part of his testimony regarding abuse on a trip to Toronto claiming Perry & Helen Dunlop forced him to say that or that it was suggested he say that. C-8 molested his niece – charges were never laid.
Media coverage and BLOGS
05 December 2017: BLOG Verdict in Cornwall tomorrow
03 December 2017: BLOG Three court dates this week
20 November 2017: BLOG I will be writing that book
17 November 2017: BLOG Wrapped up today
16 November 2017: BLOG That Crown has become a defence lawyer
12 December 2016: BLOG Saint Boniface priest under investigation
03 July 2016: Marcel Lalonde sex-offences trial postponed
12 January 2009: BLOG None so blind
09 December 2008: BLOG Back in La La Land
04 December 2008: The bewitching hour
13 February 2009: BLOG Thoughts
03 June 2008: BLOG He’s hurt?
13 May 2008: BLOG Who’s in jail?
24 April 2008: BLOG Annoyed to no end
23 April 2008: BLOG Small wonder
24 August 2007: BLOG Collective amnesia?
13 January 2015: committed to stand trial in Ontario Superior Court of Justice after Preliminary Hearing
February 2014: New charges laid
November 2008: New charges of indecent assault of teenage boy dating to the 1970s
May 2001: sentenced to two years less a day for sexually assaulting four of his former students between 1971 and 1983. The sentence was broken down to 15 months in jail and nine months of house arrest. He was given 2:1 credit for the 5 months already served in custody.
September 2000: trial
05 October 1999: Cst. Desrosier discovered for the first time that a CPS investigation of Lalonde had taken place in 1989. This became a matter for disclosure
04 October 1999: Day one of the trial defence requested and was granted a further adjournment complaining it had not received complete disclosure of documents which Perry Dunlop had in his possession (years down-stream after Dunlop was painted as the rogue cop and villified in and out of court it was discovered that a multitude of documents which Dunlop had been accused of withholding had in fact been disclosed and in short, with both the OPP and CPS involved and a Project Truth investigation under way one – at best the left arm didn’t know what the right was doing. )
February 1999: Trial adjourned to 04 October 1999 with defense seeking disclosure of notes from meetings Perry Dunlop may have had with C-8
January 1998: preliminary hearing dealt with both OPP and CPS charges
April 1997: charged by Cornwall Police Service with 16 sex-related offences on six different males aged 13 to 16
several victims had said that Lalonde had taken nude pictures of them. By the time CPS executed a search warrant Lalonde had already been charged by the OPP, and all that was found was a five albums of fully-clothed teens aged 15-17 drinking alcohol in Lalonde’s home. There were five pictures of a nude male, but Const. Desrosier thought that male to be over age 18. OPP officers also viewed the albums.
January 1997: charged by OPP
January 1989: Constable Malloy decided – with agreement of Crown Don Johnson – that there were not reasonable and probable grounds to charge Lalonde over sex abuse allegations from C-37. Malloy also decided – with agreement of Crown Don Johnson – that the sex was consensual. There were also sex allegations against Lalonde from C-57, C-58, C-60, C-61, and C-65 which Malloy testified he planned to investigate further. Constable Malloy asked Staff Sgt Wells if the Lalonde file could be placed in abeyance for a spell because he wanted to interview the suspect. That was the end of the “investigation,” – until 1996! In the interim Lalonde continued to teach. School officials were not notified of the allegations. Children’s Aid Society was not notified. Don Johnson, the former Crown attorney turned defence lawyer, defended Lalonde at his sex abuse trial Was active with Glenn Productions, an amateur theatre group which staged about five plays a year, most of which were musicals. I’m not sure if the company is still active? At least one victim met Lalonde at Glenn Productions.
Cornwall man charged with alleged 1989 sexual assault
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Cornwall Police have charged a 65-year-old man with historic sex crimes involving a young boy. Police say a victim came forward to them in October to report that he was sexually assaulted in the fall of 1989 when he was 11 years old. Marcel Lalonde has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 20th.
Police allege Marcel Lalonde inappropriately touched and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old male in the fall of 1989.Reports indicate that Lalonde and the victim knew each other.The accused attended police headquarters on Jan. 22 to deal with the matter. He was arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.Lalonde is scheduled to appear in court on February 20.
Sex assault charge dates to the 1970s
The Cornwall Standard Freeholder Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:38:28 EST AM
A convicted sex offender faces a charge of indecent assault against a teenage boy dating back to the 1970s. Sixty-year-old Marcel Lalonde, a former schoolteacher in Cornwall, was arrested on the charge a week ago by Cornwall police after investigators found evidence the man allegedly touched a 14-year-old male. The assault reportedly took place in March of 1974 during a sleepover at a local residence. Deputy Chief of Police Danny Aikman said the complainant contacted police to report the incident. Lalonde was arrested on Nov. 6, charged and released to appear in court on Dec. 8. The former teacher was convicted in the spring of 2001 on six counts of sexual assault against several of his students at Bishop MacDonell School. The charges were based on incidents alleged to have occurred from 1971 to 1983. Out of a total of 14 charges, Lalonde was found not guilty of six others and another was stayed. Lalonde was sentenced to two years custody to be served partially in jail and partially in the community. (With staff files)
Cornwall teacher sentenced for sex abuse
CBC News Posted: May 04, 2001 7:57 AM ET Last Updated: May 04, 2001 8:57 PM ET A school teacher in Cornwall, Ont., has been sentenced to two years less a day for sexually assaulting four of his former students.
Marcel Lalonde’s sentence will be made up of 15 months in jail and nine months of house arrest. The 51-year-old was given two-for-one credit because he has already served 5 months in custody. That means he will only remain in prison for four more months. Six of seven complainants who testified during last fall’s trial were members of his home-room class during the period of abuse. The case is important because of a connection to an ongoing police investigation into widespread sexual abuse. Judge Monique Metivier described the case as “an egregious breach of trust.” The judge said sexual assault, especially against vulnerable teenage boys, is a violent crime. And with that, an unrepentant Lalonde was sent back to jail. The Lalonde case is important for a couple of reasons. It is a confirmation that sexual abuse did in fact occur in the community over a period of years, and it reveals a connection to a police investigation, code-named Project Truth. A number of Lalonde’s victims are complainants in a case involving a key figure in Project Truth. So far, more than 20 men have been charged, some of them prominent citizens in Cornwall.
Tearful defendant takes the stand
The Kingston Whig Standard 27 September 2000 CORNWALL – A nervous Marcel Lalonde dabbed his eyes with a tissue and struggled to control himself as he took the stand in his sex trial yesterday. The 51-year-old teacher is facing 14 sex counts involving seven male complainants for incidents alleged to have occurred from 1971 to 1983. Lalonde denied assaulting four of the complainants, whose identities are protected by a publication ban, when questioned by his lawyer Rich Evenson. “I didn’t do it,” he repeatedly stated. Two weeks ago, one of the complainants testified Lalonde took photographs of him, including some where he was sleeping nude. Lalonde admitted he took the photos but said the man consented and was only pretending to sleep. “He requested that he look like he’s sleeping. He’s straight,” said Lalonde, a homosexual. The complainant, who as a teenager had left home, moved in with Lalonde for a couple of months.
The Ottawa Citizen 30 April 1997 A 48-year-old high school teacher from Cornwall has been charged with 16 sex-related offences on six different males aged 13 to 16 and will appear at a bail hearing today. The assaults allegedly took place between June 1971 and July 1983, while Marcel Lalonde, of Lasalle Road in Cornwall, was a teacher at a local high school.