Father Rene Labelle is dead. I have confirmation from several reliable sources that the priest was found dead in his apartment yesterday. There is talk but no confirmation that his death was by suicide. I have heard that an autopsy was being conducted.
Father Labelle was convicted in January of this year for sexually abusing a young boy. He was sentenced to 16 months in jail.
Labelle filed an appeal. Pending the appeal he was out on bail. As of 16 August August all the requisite paperwork had not yet been filed with the court.
At some point Father Labelle violated his bail conditions and was facing two new charges of breach of bail. He had a courtdate at 09:00 am this Thursday, 28 August 2014, on the breach charges.
And now he’s dead.
The appeal has not been dealt with. The breach has not been dealt with. His victim is left in Never Never Land with the conviction of his molester under appeal.
All I can say is that I hope and pray that IF his death was by suicide he left a suicide note, and that in that note he had the decency to acknowledge that he sexually abused that boy, and that apologized to his victim and the victims family for the denials and the appeal and dragging it on and on and on. I hope and pray too that he acknowledged that he sexually abused more than one unfortunate young lad. There were other victims.
Please pray for all the victims of Father Labelle.
As you may well know, some victims berate themselves when their molester commits suicide, so please please assure the victim who came forward that Labelle’s suicide is not his, the victim’s, fault. Keep that young man and his family in your prayers.
Father Bernard Buckle‘s next court date is:
16 September 2014: 09:30 am, “status, ” Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse, (35 Alabama Drive)
I’m sorry, but I don’t know what “status” means. Can anyone help?
Please keep the complainant in your prayers.
This evening (Tuesday) or tomorrow I will be adding yet another name to the growing list of sexual molesters who taught or worked at St. Mary’s International School.
Enough for now,