The verdict in the sex abuse trial of previously convicted molester Marcel Lalonde will be rendered tomorrow:
Wednesday, 06 December 2017: 10 am, VERDICT, Cornwall, Ontario courthouse (29 Second St. W., )
I encourage those who can do so to attend. Pray that justice is done. Please keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.
Father George Ansel Smith is headed back to jail. He has been sentenced to 15 months incarceration to be served consecutive to the sentence he is presently serving (on parole) for the sexual abuse of 13 boys.
Smith has entered guilty pleas to all of the charges. Fourteen men who suffered as boys at the hands of this wolf in sheep’s clothing have found the courage to to come forward and contact police! Fourteen. That, as you know, is fourteen who have come forward.
The judge’s ruling has been posted:
05 December 2017: R. v. Smith (Sentence Section 156) (002) 05 December 2017
Please take the time to read it. Not only does the ruling give us information about the nature of the charges and a bird’s eye veiw of the proceedings to date, it also helps us to understand the process.
Also of import, I was told today that Father George Ansel Smith has been defrocked/laicized. I have sent an email to the Vicar General of the Diocese of Corner Brook-Labrador essentially asking if he could confirm or refute that information, and if Father Smith has been laicized what date did this transpire. As soon as I have a response I will let you know.
I noted elsewhere that I received news earlier today that Father Omer Desjardins died last night. He has gone to meet his Maker.
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to those “complainants” who had finally, after decades of silence and shame, summoned the courage to contact police, both in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. Charges were laid. The Saskatchewan charges were just starting through the courts – literally at very the beginning of the process. The Winnipeg charges were wrapping up – the belief from one victim is that Father Desjardins was about to enter a guilty plea on Monday past. Alas, that court date was adjourned because Father Desjardins was admitted to hospital with heart problems. And now this.
As those of you who have been through this yourselves know, and often much to your surprise, this is usually a very difficult time for victims. Please keep them all in your prayers.
Those who keep tabs on New to the Site know that the following two names have been added to the Accused list:
Father Guillame Pellerin
Father Alexis Joveneau omi
I am working on getting some information together on Fathers Edward Cormier and Clement Guy Melansno.
As I said before, after this I will post names of those identified in lawsuits only after they have been settled, either in or out of court.
Enough for now,