Basilian priest Father Kenneth O’Keefe pleaded guilty in the Hull, Quebec courthouse this morning. He was sentenced to nine month house arrest. All I know at this point regarding conditions is that he is to have no contact with children under age of 16.
You may recall that last September Father O’Keefe was given a nine-month conditional sentence for sex abuse charges against him in Ottawa, Ontario – six months of the nine were to be spent under house arrest at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre in Toronto where he resides. The last I knew he had the company of at least three other Basilian predators: Fathers Robert Whyte , Michael Fallona and Hod Marshall).
And there you go. Another few months of house arrest! ‘Tut, tut Father. You bad bad boy!’
Not one single day behind bars! Not one.
What does that say? Is this justice?
I will say this: Thanks to every victim who had the courage to come forward we can now call Father Kenneth O’Keefe what he is: a child molester, and a criminal.
And thanks to the victim in Quebec we now know with certainty that Father O’Keefe was molesting not only here in Ontario, but also across the river in Quebec.
I commend you all. It has not been an easy road for you, but you did it, and you have allowed us to see this priest for what he is: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Thank you.
I blogged earlier that Father George Smith’s sentencing hearing was postponed to end February and that there are new charges. For some reason I thought or assumed that those new charges – or that new charge- was from Newfoundland. I realize now that that may be wrong. I think there is a possibility it is from the Maritimes. I will try to find out more tomorrow.
Strange is it not that the sentencing hearing is delayed because of a new charge? Does that mean that there be a guilty plea and a very belated merge of the new charge to the others which were left standing after the whittle which accompanied the guilty pleas? We shall see, but I would have thought new charges at this time (after a guilty plea) would proceed on their own?
No matter, wherever the new complainant is, I commend you for coming forward and for going to police. This is proof positive that it is never ever too late.
Ex-seminarian, former Grollier Hall staffer and convicted child molester Paul Leroux has a pre-trial hearing scheduled tomorrow in Battleford Saskatchewan. This is NOT open to the public. As always, keep the complainant in your prayers.
Enough for now,