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Previously convicted molester Father Ronald Leger csv, is again under investigation:

21 October 2016: Convicted priest faces new sex abuse allegations

Father Leger, you may recall, is a Viatorian priest, former student and teacher at the now defunct Cornwall Classical College (Ontario), and, while teaching at the college, was a good friend of now convicted molester and Diocese of Cornwall priest Father Paul Lapierre.

In July 2015 Leger a guilty plea  to charges related to the sexual abuse of three boys.  The sex abuse of the boys date to the 1980s and mid 2000s.

In February of this year was sentenced to two years in jail.

In September Leger was granted day parole.

Now he’s under investigation again.

I commend those men for contacting police.  Good for you!  You found the strength and courage to do it. Good for you!!

I encourage others with allegations against Father Leger to contact police.

Please keep these new complainants, and all Leger victims, in your prayers.

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Father Robyn Gwyn had a court date today:

  Friday, 21 October  2016: Assignment Court,  Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 5 Court Street, Kingston

I believe this will  be to set dates for a sentencing hearing.  If anyone sees or hears nay news of the outcome please pass it along.

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Father Amer Sakar had a court date yesterday:

Thursday, 20 October 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” London Ontario courthouse, 80 Dundas S

Has anyone any news of the outcome?

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In or about 1963 and prior to ordination Father Father Danny Mills was, along with Father Alfred LeBlanc,  actively involved in the youth club at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in Yarmouth, and the operation of  a summer camp for boys in Quinan, Nova Scotia.   Many of the boys from the club attended the camp.

Father LeBlanc, who was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Yarmouth in 1955 and left the priesthood in 1975, is now convicted molester.  In November 2012, after a guilty plea,  he was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.  There were six male victims.  The abuse transpired between 1970 and 1985, both before and after he was a priest.

Father Danny Mills was ordained to the priesthood in 1965 for the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Diocese.  He spent time in Oromocto New Brunswick in the early 70s, and was then back in Nova Scotia.

In 1994 Father Mills was acquitted by a jury after facing charges related to allegations of sexual abuse of a young boy in Berwick, Nova Scotia.  There was next to no media coverage.  I did find out more about the allegations but am unable to print lest the complainant is identified.

There are other men out there with allegations against Father Mills, both in New Brunswick and in Nova Scotia. Please pray for them.

I did not know of the friendship between Father LeBlanc and Danny Mills, nor of Father Mills involvement with the camp.

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Take a look at this, a celebrity auction run by Father Ken Keeler to raise  money for the St. Brigid’s Camp in Low, Quebec:

10 May 1976:   “Now,  that’s a banana…”  (article re auction for camp)

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There has been a lawsuit filed in Manitoba alleging that a Métis man  was physically and sexually abused by a Catholic priest and a nun at the Vogar church school more than 70 years ago.  I have more information – am trying to sort a few things out before adding a name and opening a page.  The follwong is from CBC

Métis man sues Catholic church alleging sexual abuse over 70 years ago

Warning: Story contains graphic content that may be disturbing

CBC News Posted: Oct 19, 2016 3:30 PM CT   Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016 3:30 PM CT

By Katie Nicholson, Vera-Lynn Kubinec

A Métis man alleges he was physically and sexually abused by a Catholic priest and a nun at the Vogar church school in Manitoba’s Interlake region more than 70 years ago.

The allegations are in a lawsuit filed last week in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench naming the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg, the order of nuns Les Oblats de Marie Immaculée du Manitoba, the province of Manitoba, as well as the priest and the nun.

“The plaintiff states that he did not complain to his parents or any authorities because his grandmother was the head of the family and she said he needed to be a good Catholic,” the claim said.

It is believed the priest and nun accused in the case are no longer alive, according to the lawsuit. The nun was a teacher at the Vogar church school in the R.M. of Siglunes from 1937 to 1942 when the incidents are alleged to have occurred, the lawsuit said.

Alleged victim ‘badly scarred’

According to the claim, the nun “pulled the plaintiff by the ears and hair and gave him the strap in front of other children.”

She also pulled up her dress and exposed her “vaginal area” to the plaintiff and physically assaulted him with a strap on about four or five occasions, the claim said.

During the same time period, the priest “would touch the [plaintiff’s] genitals under his clothes during confession and tell him to pray at the same time.” This happened once or twice a month, the claim said. It also stated that the priest fondled him, masturbated him and had anal intercourse with the plaintiff.  It alleged the anal intercourse happened every four to five months over a five-year period.

The plaintiff’s lawyer Israel Ludwig said the passage of time and the effects of trauma from abuse can often make it difficult for plaintiffs to testify.

“This man was so badly scarred psychologically, that even though I began interviewing him about this case well over a year ago, it really wasn’t until about a month ago when I was finalizing the claim that he actually broke down and told me about the worst of it,” Ludwig said.

The plaintiff, now in his 80s, suffered a number of psychological problems because of the alleged abuse, the claim said, including anxiety, aggression, depression, nightmares and a loss of self-esteem.

Church should have protected children, claim says

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg told CBC News it has not yet received the claim but would be unable to comment because the matter is before the courts.

Neither the Oblats de Marie Immaculée du Manitoba nor the province has been served with the claim yet either.

A spokesperson for Manitoba Justice said once that happens, the claim will be reviewed to determine the next steps.

The lawsuit said the province of Manitoba, “through its Department of Education, had the responsibility to supervise and inspect schools in Manitoba.”

The Archdiocese, the Order of nuns, and the province were expected to have policies and procedures concerning students’ safety and well-being, the claim said, and were to “take steps to prevent physical, sexual and emotional abuse of students…”

The suit also said the Order and Archdiocese were aware the priest would “be in intimate contact with vulnerable individuals, including children, particularly while in First Nations communities where the power imbalance between a member of the Order and the Archdiocese and the general populace was increased.”

Ludwig told CBC News he’s involved in several dozen lawsuits in Manitoba seeking damages from abuse in schools.

The province’s Limitation of Actions Act was amended more than a decade ago to allow civil cases alleging sexual assault to proceed no matter how old the claim.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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