“Retired N.B. priest faces charges after alleged incidents involving boys” & related articles

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Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:53PM AST

MONCTON, N.B. — RCMP in New Brunswick say a retired Roman Catholic priest faces several charges, including one count of sexual assault, in connection with alleged incidents involving boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Staff Sgt. Jeff Johnston says 71-year-old Yvon Arsenault of Aldouane is also charged with three counts of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency.

Police say the alleged incidents occurred in Shediac, Rosaireville and Collette and involved four boys under the age of 18.

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Suspended priest facing 8 sex-related charges against boys

Yvon Arsenault, 71, of Aldouane, scheduled to enter pleas on Jan. 27

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Yvon Arsenault, 71, is scheduled to appear in Moncton provincial court on Jan. 27 to enter pleas. (Kate Letterick/CBC)

A suspended Roman Catholic priest is facing several sex-related charges involving boys dating back to the 1970s.

Yvon Arsenault, 71, of Aldouane, was charged Thursday in Moncton provincial court with four counts of gross indecency, three counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.

Arsenault was not present in court. The matter has been adjourned until Jan. 27 when he is expected to elect how he wants to be tried and to enter pleas.

Meanwhile, RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff Johnston says the investigation is ongoing and police believe there may have been other incidents.

“The accused lived in several communities throughout New Brunswick so we’re asking anyone who has information in regards to these matters to contact the Codiac Regional RCMP,” he said.

The current charges relate to incidents that are alleged to have occurred during the 70s and early 80s in Shediac, Rosaireville and Collette.

There are four alleged victims, boys who were under the age of 18 at the time.

Arsenault was removed from his position in July of 2012 and retired the same month.

The RCMP started its investigation in December 2012 as the result of a complaint.

“All sexual abuse in any form is not acceptable and is condemned by the church,” Moncton Archbishop ValéryVienneau said in a statement.

Vienneau has “asked for prayers for all parties, especially victims and their families” and pledged his “full co-operation with authorities.”

He declined any further comment now that the matter is before the courts.

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Former New Brunswick priest faces charges after alleged incidents involving boys

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The Canadian Press

MONCTON, N.B. – RCMP in New Brunswick say a retired Roman Catholic priest faces several charges, including one count of sexual assault, in connection with alleged incidents involving boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Staff Sgt. Jeff Johnston says 71-year-old Yvon Arsenault of Aldouane is also charged with three counts of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency.

Police say the alleged incidents occurred in Shediac, Rosaireville and Collette and involved four boys under the age of 18.

RCMP began investigating last December after receiving a complaint.

That same month, the Archdiocese of Moncton confirmed that Arsenault had been ordered six months earlier not to carry out any duties as a priest after it became aware of abuse allegations.

The Mounties say they believe there are other alleged incidents involving Arsenault and their investigation is ongoing.

Arsenault is due in Moncton provincial court on January 27.

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Former New Brunswick priest faces charges after alleged incidents involving boys

 The Vancouver Sun

05 December 2013

MONCTON, N.B. – RCMP in New Brunswick say a retired Roman Catholic priest faces several charges, including one count of sexual assault, in connection with alleged incidents involving boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Staff Sgt. Jeff Johnston says 71-year-old Yvon Arsenault of Aldouane is also charged with three counts of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency.

Police say the alleged incidents occurred in Shediac, Rosaireville and Collette and involved four boys under the age of 18.

RCMP began investigating last December after receiving a complaint.

That same month, the Archdiocese of Moncton confirmed that Arsenault had been ordered six months earlier not to carry out any duties as a priest after it became aware of abuse allegations.

The Mounties say they believe there are other alleged incidents involving Arsenault and their investigation is ongoing.

Arsenault is due in Moncton provincial court on January 27.

2 Responses to “Retired N.B. priest faces charges after alleged incidents involving boys” & related articles

  1. Sylvia says:

    ” RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff Johnston says the investigation is ongoing and police believe there may have been other incidents.”

    I commend all those who found the courage to go to police, and strongly encourage those who have sex abuse allegations against Father Arsenault to do so.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Jean-Louis says:

    “The Mounties say they believe there are other alleged incidents involving Arsenault and their investigation is ongoing.”

    We so often read of those who can no longer face their abusers because the grave robbed them of the opportunity…

    I continue to encourage those who have yet to come forward to talk to the RCMP when they are ready. Regardless of the legal outcome, at least your story will be told. Who knows? Your testimony may even impact the outcome of these proceedings.

    This guy probably still has quite a few years left on this planet. Although he is innocent until proven guilty, the more facts we bring to the authorities, the more likely he will have to answer to the charges while he’s alive – here and now!

    jj

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