Father Kenneth Greer , a priest with the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan who received an 18 month conditional sentence in 1999 after pleading guilty to charges related to the sexual abuse of five boys, died 29 July 2015. He has gone to meet his Maker.
(1) Nathan Labatt
Nathan Labatt, a former youth volunteer with the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Minister, volunteer with the Ukrainian Catholic Church and former Boy Scout leader, had a courtdate 10 August 2015. The case has been adjourned yet again.
10 August 2015: Labatt Adjourns Matters Again
Labatt’s next court date is:
24 August 2015: 10 am, Humboldt courthouse, Humboldt, Sask (805 8th Avenue)
(2) Father Charles Picot
A trial date has been set! The twice convicted once acquitted clerical molester is heading to trial on his fourth set of charges (laid November 2013):
11 August 2015: Trial for Former Bathurst Priest Set for January
The following statement by one of the victim’s was released to the media on 10 August 2015:
As victims, while preparing for yet another court appearance this morning regarding the proceedings taking place in order to finally bring Charles Picot to trial, our level of optimism was very low. Mr. Picot has failed to be present to address the court and submit a plea on six different occasions in the past. Also he has been allowed, due to illness, to request through his lawyer delays of trial. We hope that adequate medical reports are being provided to the courts to validate this request. However, we have not been provided any supporting documents.
As one of the victims, I need to speak out about this. I am very upset and angry at how this situation can be allowed to drag on for years without the courts stepping in to force a conclusion. As far as I know, it is unheard of for a criminal convicted to two jail sentences for sex related charges to have so much power to delay or even possibly cancel court proceedings because of health issues.
The current charges against Mr. Picot stem from incidents dating to the early 1980’s. Yes, it’s been a long time and, disturbingly, we’ve been presented with the argument that “we have waited so long already what does a few more months matter”. This argument was used in court a couple of years ago and yet we are still waiting. This adds to the burden we carry as victims. Many days I have been unable to leave my home to work or socialize because of the emotional and psychological scars left by the actions of this monster. In 2010, after seeing the cases of other victims of his conclude successfully with convictions, I found the courage to come forth with my charges.
In the early 1980’s, as I was growing up, Charles Picot was our Parish Priest. He befriended me and others and gained our trust. However, over a period of time, his actions turned to abuse and the taking of our innocence. In our childish eyes he was our Lord Jesus Christ on Earth, we were taught this, as our parents and church instilled this religious belief in us. We were so confused, as children and victims, because we couldn’t understand why a man of Jesus would hurt us this way. He claimed that this was our secret and that we couldn’t tell anyone, no one needed to know.
It took me so long to come out and report him because of the psychological effects I suffer from due to his actions. I have been suffering from post-traumatic stress since I was fifteen years old. The abuse I suffered from the age of twelve to fifteen still has repercussions even now, the effects present themselves in my dreams when I sleep, my daily thoughts, panic, depression and post-traumatic stress. The pain and guilt I have been dealing with has prevented me from being able to act sooner in order to stop him from abusing others but it will no longer prevent me from working towards him being held responsible for his actions.
We need our day in court so that this criminal can be put back where he belongs, behind bars. He has to be held responsible and accountable for what he has done to us. We need our day in court to help his victims heal from the abuse he committed in the Mont Carmel Parish of East Bathurst during the 1980’s.
Well done! but, how terribly terribly sad that a victim has to make such a plea.
Whether or not the statement had a direct impact on the proceedings I have no idea, but I have been told that the judge said that this case is taking far too long and ordered it to trial. The trial date is:
26-28 January 2015: TRIAL, Bathurst courthouse (254 St. Patrick St.), Bathurst, New Brunswick
Please keep the many victims of Father Picot in your prayers.
(3) Father Rocky Grimard omi
Believe it or not, a trial date has has been set for Canadian Oblate priest Father Rocky Grimard. Father Grimard was charged with indecent exposure in Texas in May of this year.
We just aren’t accustomed to seeing a case proceed to trial so quickly, are we?
Anyway, here is the information which I have:
16 November 2015: 9 am, TRIAL, County Court 8, Bexar, Texas
Sorry, but I was unable to find out if the trial will last more than one day.
(4) Father John E Sullivan
There is still nothing of any substance happening with the charges filed in 2012 (both June and October) against previously convicted convicted clerical molester Father John Sullivan (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie): his next court date is:
08 September 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street);
Please keep his many victims and the complainants in your prayers as this case crawls its way through the system.
Enough for now,