Peterborough Diocese priest to be added to Accused list

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There is a new name to add to the accused list:  Father Timothy O’Connor.  Father O’Connor, ordained in 1989, was a priest with the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario.  After contact from a reliable source a few days ago  I have just confirmed that Father O’Connor was charged in 1992, entered a guilty plea in 1994, and was sentenced to six months incarceration and three years probation.  I have been told that he violated his probation and then fled to Mexico.  He died in 2006.

I have very little information on this priest,  and I am having great difficult finding any articles regarding the charges and/or his conviction.  If anyone can be of assistance please contact me.  Those of you who can spend time scouring the net, please do:)  Meanwhile I will start a new page with the information which I have attained.  Once the page is ready and posted, I will let you know.


Court updates:

(1)  Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

The next court date for Father Stephen Amesse is:

Wednesday, 18 May 2016:  pre-trial, (in chambers, NOT open to the public) Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

It looks as though there is lots of discussion going on behind closed doors?

I didn’t bother to check the time.  In this instance, since discussions are behind closed doors and only lawyers and the judge are privy to what is happening, for we the unwashed masses, start time is irrelevant.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

(2) Father Gary Hoskins  (Diocese Saint George’s, Newfoundland – now diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador).

A reminder that on Friday the Crown will argue to present similar fact evidence for the pending trial of Father Gary Hoskins.  Those in the area who are free and within driving distance of the Corner Brook courthouse, please try to attend to listen to the arguments from both sides.  Here are the details:

Thursday, 12 May 2016: 10 am, Crown to argue to present similar fact evidence, and new trial date to be set.  Corner Brook Superior Court (81 Mt. Bernard Avenue.)

And, yes, please keep the complainant in your prayers.

(3)  Father Denis Vaillancourt (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario)

Father Denis Vaillancourt had a court date in Alexandria this morning.  I will check tomorrow for the next court-date.

As always, please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,



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5 Responses to Peterborough Diocese priest to be added to Accused list

  1. Jon says:

    The amount of discussion going on is unusual in the Father Amesse case?

  2. Sylvia says:

    No Jon. It’s really not unusual. Frustrating for the public who are not privy to what goes on behind those closed doors, but, as those who have been following this site for a few years know, not unusual.

  3. Jon says:

    Ok. Excuse me, I have not been following this site long at all.

  4. Sylvia says:

    Sorry Jon if I came across as disparaging you. That was not my intent. I think all of us who start following these court cases from start to finish are shocked at how long it takes to move from charges being laid to trial, and how much seems to happen behind closed doors.

  5. Jon says:

    Thank you for that, but you weren’t disparaging at all. I’m following the Fr. Amesse case closely, and I have no experience with this horrible process. I’ve known him for many years, so this has been a horrific experience.

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