Former Cornwall Classical College student and teacher Father Ronald Leger csv has a court date today at 1 pm:
30 September 2015: 1 pm, courtroom #301, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (408 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
I was unable to find out exactly what this is for, but, since the Viatorian priest entered a guilty plea 13 July 2015, I think it must be either sentencing or a sentencing hearing?
Hopefully someone within easy driving distance in the city can attend?
Please keep the victims and their families in yer prayers. And, please, if you hear or see any news of the outcome of today’s proceedings, pass on the news.
An article on yesterday’s Eric Dejaeger guilty pleas yesterday in Iqaluit on the Edmonton Alberta charges.
30 September 2015: Nunavut pedophile priest convicted on four more sex charges
The victims: a six-year-old girl and her brother from one family, and a little Aboriginal altar boy from another. In each case Dejaeger – then a seminarian – had befriended the families of his victims. Dejaeger was, in fact, so trusted that he occasionally baby sat.
Note the following:
A mitigating factor in sentencing the judge should consider, Kempt said, is that Dejaeger pleaded guilty to the charges as soon as was possible.
“He didn’t want these [complainants] to have to testify at trial… he doesn’t want to see anyone else suffer through that process,” Kempt said.
Can you believe it? Those charges were laid November 2011. We are truly to believe that this was Dejeager’s first opportunity in four years to plead guilty? I’m sorry, but for one don’t buy that: not for a moment. If Dejaeger had wanted to enter a guilty plea to the charges in the past nearly four years he would have found a way to do so, and his lawyer would have found a way to make it happen.
Note that no matter the sentence handed down by the judge on 21 October Dejeager will probably not spend one single extra day in jail for his repeated and long term sex abuse of children while he was masquerading as a seminarian. No matter the sentence, it will, according to what we read here, run concurrently to the sentence Dejaeger is now serving for his crimes in Nunavut. Dejaeger is currently serving 11 years of an 18-year sentence (he received 2:1 time).
Is there a possibility though that he could spend a year or two extra behind bars as a ‘gentle’ reminder to both Dejaeger and others that he was in full serial molest mode well before he was serving in the North as an ordained Oblate priest?
For example, if Justice Cooper rules that Dejeager will serve five years for each of the victims, that would mean he will serve 15 years. The 15 years is to run concurrent. I’m not sure if the Nunavut sentence of 18 years whittled to 11 with 2:1 credit for time served would cover the 15 years? Does anyone know? I get the impression from what I read that there is no way that Dejaeger will spend one extra day behind bars for the horrific abuse he inflicted upon these Alberta children and their families. A shame.
But, yes, – it is a guilty plea. A relief I am sure for the courageous victims and their families. Please keep them all in your prayers as they await sentencing at 1:30 pm on 21 October 2015.
Enough for now,