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Yvon Arsenault pleaded guilty in October to offences involving minors in Shediac area dating back to the 1970s

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Posted: Feb 24, 2017 10:40 AM ATLast Updated: Feb 24, 2017 12:07 PM AT

Yvon Arsenualt has remained free for "humanitarian reasons" pending sentencing after pleading guilty to nine counts of molesting minors dating back to the 1970s.

Yvon Arsenualt has remained free for “humanitarian reasons” pending sentencing after pleading guilty to nine counts of molesting minors dating back to the 1970s. (Radio-Canada)

Former priest Yvon Arsenault will be sentenced this afternoon after changing his plea to guilty in October on nine counts of molestation involving minors, dating back to the 1970s.

The Moncton courtroom heard emotional statements from some of his victims during the morning.

“I can’t change the past, but I want to tell the victims and their families I profoundly regret all the pain I could have caused,” Arsenault said from the prisoner’s box.

The Crown and defence made a joint recommendation for a four-year prison sentence.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Zoël Dionne ordered a recess and will impose sentence at 2 p.m.

Arsenault, 74, has remained free for “humanitarian reasons,” pending sentencing, Crown prosecutor Annie St. Jacques has said.

Eleven other counts against Arsenault were withdrawn following his guilty plea.

Arsenault, who was sporting a green dress shirt and grey dress pants, appeared to be in good spirits during the sentencing hearing.

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People mumble…Arsenault has nothing else to say. Justice Dionne says court will resume at 2pm when he will give his sentence.

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