Does anyone know the outcome of the 2008 sex abuse charges against a young boy at the St. James Catholic elementary school in Eganville, Ontario? Here are a few of the articles:
27 July 2008: “Youth accused of sexual assault” and related articles
Because the charges relate to a minor it is difficult to track this. I have some feelers out but as yet no answers. Did it go to trial? Were the charges dropped?
An interesting dimension to this is the fact that Monsignor Robert Borne was pastor at St. James the Lesser Church in Eganville when this horror story became public. I am told that Borne was transferred from Eganville shortly after the allegations against this boy became public.
According to the following June 2009 article in the Eganville Leader announcing the sex abuse allegations against Borne – “Last June, Msgr. Borne was appointed to the Diocesan Tribunal, based in Pembroke…”
10 June 2009: Priest is charged for sexual assaults
That would have been June 2008. The allegations related to sex abuse by a child at the school broke in July 2008.
True. Borne could probably have worked on the tribunal and still have carried on as pastor at St. James in Eganville, but I have been told he was gone from Eganville, and the sense was his departure seemed to tie into the sex allegations at the elementary school.
Did Borne teach at St. James? I have come across nothing which would say that he did, but those who know the location of the school, church and rectory know that they are a hop, skip and jump apart: first the rectory (a beautiful rectory by the way), which connects to the Church proper, then a small parking lot, and then adjacent to the parking lot, St. James School. A brisk two-minute walk would easily take you from rectory to the school door.
The children who attend the school probably attend the Church, and without doubt some of the older children are altar servers at the church.
Note that the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board and child welfare were aware of allegations in 2004-2005 – charges were NOT laid! but. more problematic, parents were NOT notified of those allegations.
Only after additional children disclosed in 2008 were charges laid.
So, what happened to those charges?
Not only that, what ‘possessed’ an elementary school boy to prey upon and abuse the little boys from thh lower grades in his school?
And where is that boy now?
So many unaswered questions on this one.
And yes, for those who are thinking Eganville sounds vaguely familiar, that is indeed the home of Canada’s abdicating bishop, James Wingle. The Wingle family have attended St. James the Lesser church for years – right back to the end of the 19th century (the original church burned to the ground in 1995). A Mrs. James Wingle was once presdient of the CWL. James Wingle was ordained in St. James in 1977 and served as an assistant for a spell in the late 70s.
And, there’s another Eganville connection: Father Lorne Whalen taught at St. James school and assisted at the church from 1988 to 1990.
Curious how, when it comes to the scandal in the Church, the charming and picturesque little community of Eganville seems to be in the news. With a population of 1,300 (surrounding areas included I am told) there can’t be too many secrets in Eganville which stay secret for too long.
Anyone with any information on the outcome of those sordid charges against that young boy please post a comment or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have been trying to get information on the extradition process and the status – or lack thereof – of the process as it relates to Canada’s fugitive Oblate clerical molester, Eric Dejaeger . I sent off another batch of questions to the Department of Justice today. Once again it seems that I am wading into top secret territory 🙁 As soon as I have some concrete answers I will pass the information along.
Enough for now,