Ex priest, Oblate and serial molester Eric Dejaeger pleaded guilty in the Iqaluit courthouse today to four charges related to the sex abuse of three young people, male and female, between 1975 and 1978 in the Edmonton Alberta. At that time Dejager, who had arrived in Canada from his native Belgium in 1974, was a seminarian studying at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta. He was ordained in 1978. After ordination he served as an Oblate priest in Canada’s North. Dejaeger has left countless victims in his since his arrival in Canada. He was convicted in 199o, and again 1991. In 1995 he fled the country for Belgium when faced with new charges – he was deported in 2011 and eventually faced 80 more charges related to sex abuse of young people in Nunavut. The charges included those bestiality
The Edmonton charges were laid in Edmonton. For years the Edmonton victims thought there would be a trial in Edmonton, – always waiting and waiting for things to wrap up in Iqaluit so that the process which started in Edmonton could continue. It was only in the last several months that they learned that the charges would be handled in Iqaluit.
Need I say that the damage this perverted human being has done here in Canada is immense. Immense.
Dejaeger will return to court at 1:30 pm 22 October 2015 for sentencing.
I earnestly hope and pray that the Crown pushes for sentencing for these Edmonton crimes to run consecutive – NOT concurrent – to the 11 years Dejaeger is currently serving.
And, a final note for the night, well done to all three victims who found the courage to come forward four years ago and have waited and waited all these years to see justice done!
My thoughts and prayers at this time are with ALL Dejaeger’s victims, those who found the courage to go to police, and the many who remain fearful and ashamed or afraid to come forward.
Enough for now ,