Former Moncton priest who molested 9 boys faces another charge

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Yvon Arsenault, already serving 4 years in prison, returns to court on charge of indecent assault

CBC News

18 May 2017

Yvon Arseanult

Yvon Arsenault, in a picture from February 2017, before he was sent to prison for molesting nine boys between 1971 and 1980 while serving as a Catholic priest. He is now being charged with indecent assault. (CBC)

Former Catholic priest Yvon Arsenault was back in court Thursday to face a charge of indecent assault against a male dating back to the 1970s. He’s already in prison for molesting nine boys between 1971 and 1980.

The 74-year-old man is accused of assaulting a male between January 1970 and December 1973 in Shediac. The charge reflects the Criminal Code at the time. The age of the alleged victim was not provided.

Arsenault appeared without a lawyer and is scheduled to return to court June 22.

At his court appearance Thursday, Arsenault appeared to be heavier, with a beard, glasses and a buzz cut that he didn’t have at his sentencing in February.

The identity of the person Arsenault is accused of assaulting is protected under a publication ban. Arsenault’s previous victims were minors, all between the ages of nine and 17 when the abuse occurred.

The counts he was convicted of happened between 1971 and 1980 in Shediac and the Northumberland County community of Collette.

At that sentencing, two victims gave emotional statements that described abuse, broken trust, nightmares and suicidal thoughts.

Arsenault was removed from service by the Catholic Archdiocese of Moncton in 2012.

2 Responses to Former Moncton priest who molested 9 boys faces another charge

  1. Sylvia says:

    He is a Moncton priest, not a “former” Moncton priest. Yes, he has been suspended. Yes, he is in jail. But, until such time as he is defrocked he is still a Moncton priest.

    That aside, it sounds as though at this time there is one new complainant and one charge of indecent assault against a male.

    I encourage others who were sexually abused by this priest to contact police.

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

  2. JoeB says:

    It angers me that the media makes it look like he has been defrocked, when in reality he is still very much still with the company. The public sees this and thinks justice has been served.

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