Ex priest Eric Dejaeger
Father Eric Jose Dejaeger omi
Eric Dejaeger omi
Belgian-born. Came to Canada in 1973. Ordained as an Oblate priest 1978.
15 May 2022: Statutory release from jail. (08 June 2022: “Defrocked priest who sexually abused children in Igloolik, Nunavut, out on parole” & related articles)
Laicized 2011 – still an Oblate
22 October 2015: Sentenced to five years on each of Edmonton charges – sentences to run concurrently to the 11 years he is currently serving, therefore, no more jail time for abusing those children in Edmonton.
29 Sept 2015: Guilty plea to four Edmonton charges dating to his seminary days: three victims
04 Feb. 2015: sentenced to 19 years in jail (8 years deducted as 2:1 credit for time served, therefore 11 years left to serve)
(Canadian Oblate publications and the Canadian Catholic Directory spell Dejaeger’s first name with a `k`- Erik Dejaeger. He refers to himself as Erik. Somehow media and court documents have him as Eric. I will identify him according to the spelling in given documents) Belgian born Oblate priest. Arrived in Canada 1973. Ordained 1978. Served in the North. 1990 – GUILTY to sex abuse of eight boys and girls in Baker Lake, NWT. 1991: GUILTY to sex abuse of a boy and girl in 1988. 1993 – new charges filed – agreement made between Crown and defence to cancel trial scheduled for July 1993. 1995 – charges from Igloolik laid – Dejaeger flees the country for his native Belgium. These charges stem from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut (formerly North West Territories) Both Baker Lake and
Igloolik are part of the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay.) 2001: 2001 an Intrepol warrant (Red Notice) was issued. 19 January 2011 – Dejeager deported and returned to Canada in custody to face trial. November 2011: charges laid in Edmonton, Alberta in relation to allegations of sex abuse dating to his years in seminary in Edmonton. 18 November 2013: start of five week sex abuse trial in Iqaluit, Nunavut. 12 December 2013: Trial adjourned to 20 January 2014 (Crown rested its case). New charges were laid. Dejaeger is now facing a total of 80 sex-related charges from his time in Igloolik. He has pleaded guilty to eight charges. 41 witness took the stand at trial for the prosecution , most of whom are complainants.
10 September 2014: Guilty verdict on 24 of the charges (Nunavut).
NOTE: On 29 September 2015, in the Iqaluit courthouse (Iqaluit, Nunavut) Dejaeger pleaded guilty to two counts of gross indecency, one count of indecent assault on a female, and one count of indecent assault on a male (Edmonton Alberta)
July 2016: denied legal aid for appeal. Dejaeger is now a resident in Warkworth Institution, a medium security facility near Campbellford, Ontario (located in the municipality of Trent Hills, Ontario, between the communities of Meyersburg and Warkworth.)
March 2017: Justice Sharkey rules that Dejaeger to have court appointed lawyer with fees picked up by AG of Canada
September 2018: Appeal of convictions denied. Ruling on appeal of sentencing outstanding. Eligible for parole!!
November 2018: Appeal of 19-year sentence denied
16 November 2017: Ex-priest Dejaeger’s appeal starts moving through Nunavut court
Next court date re Dejager appeal:
25 July 2018: 1:30 pm. “to speak to,” Nunavut Court of Appeal, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut; 15 November 2017: update on preparations for appeal, Nunavut Court of Appeal, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut; 26 July 2017: 1:30 pm, Nunavut Court of Appeal, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut ; 1 5 March 2017: 1:30 pm, “to be spoken to” brought forward to the court of appeal panel, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut; 09 November 2016: Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut
30 January 2015: R v Dejeager 2015 Reasons for Judgment (sentencing) (Justice Kilpatrick’s explanation for the 19 year sentence – includes a factual summary of each offence for which Dejaeger was convicted or pled guilty)
Media coverage and BLOGS
24 July 2017: BLOG Betrayed!
21 March 2017: Pedophile priests: The escape
14 July 2016: BLOG Well hallelujah!
17 June 2015: Eric Dejaeger hearing put off due to lawyer no-show
18 March 2015: Tech glitches, admin errors wreak havoc on Nunavut court
04 February 2013: BLOG Message in Inuktitut
04 February 2015: BLOG 11 more years in jail
04 February 2015″ BLOG A charmed life
Lawyers, Crowns and judges
15 March 2017: Appeal: Lawyer to be appointed to represent Dejaeger – fees to be picked up by office of the Attorney General of Canada Justice Sharkey
2011: Edmonton charges: Defence: Malcolm Kempt. Crown: Doug Curliss QC; Barry Nordin; Scott Hughes. Judge: Justice Sue Cooper
2011 charges (all Nunavut charges eventually laid after deportation): Defence: Malcolm Kempt. Crown: Doug Curliss QC; Barry Nordin; Scott Hughes. Judge: Justice Robert Kilpatrick
Initial Defence lawyer: Andrew Mahar
1995 charges (fled the country) : Defence: John M. Scurfield, Q.C
1993 charges (trial scheduled for July ’93 cancelled. ): Defence: (was it Scurfield? I’m not sure)
1991 charges (additional Baker Lake charges. Sentences of eight months and three months to run concurrent to previous five sentence) : Defence: John M. Scurfield, Q.C. Crown: D. McWhinney. Judge: Justice Ted Richard.
1989 charges (Baker Lake) – five year sentence): Defence: Alan Regel. Crown: ?? . Judge: Justice Michel Bourassa
BREAKING NEWS and Blogs:
30 September 2015: Nunavut pedophile priest convicted on four more sex charges
29 September 2015: BLOG “GUILTY”: Three more Dejaeger victims in Edmonton
17 June 2015: Eric Dejaeger hearing put off due to lawyer no-show
18 March 2015: Tech glitches, admin errors wreak havoc on Nunavut court
04 February 2015: Eric Dejaeger sentencing: Judge’s decision expected today
22 January 2015: Eric Dejaeger sentencing: ‘I promise not to re-offend’
22 January 2015: BLOG Wrapped up in the twinkle of an eye
22 January 2015: Eric Dejaeger sentencing: Former priest to speak to the court today
21 January 2015: BLOG Dejaeger to address the court tomorrow
21 January 2015: BLOG Defence wants four years (12 – 8)?
21 January 2015: Nunavut abuse victim hurls scripture at pedophile ex-priest Dejaeger
21 January 2015: BLOG Crown wants 17 years
21 January 2015: Eric Dejaeger sentencing: Lawyers’ arguments expected today
20 January 2015: Eric Dejaeger sentencing: former priest’s hearing continues
19 January 2015: BLOG Dejaeger sentencing update
18 January 2015: BLOG Deported four years ago!
12 September 2014: Nunavut court: pedophile ex-priest Eric Dejaeger guilty on 24 counts
10 September 2014: Dejaeger verdict Reasons for Judgment
December 2013: The beauty of Iqaluit (Pictures)
Upcoming and previously scheduled court dates
Next court date:
18 June 2015: in am, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut ; 16 June 2015 : 1:30 pm, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut ; 1 7 March 2015: 09:30 am, “to speak to,” Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut ; 03 March 2015: 09:30 am, “to speak to,” Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut ; 19 January 2015: Sentencing hearing, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut; 10 September 2014: verdict, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut ; 26 May 2014: continuation of trial, Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut; 17 – 20 March 2014: continuation of trial which started 18 November 2013), Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut; 20 January 2014: Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut (continuation of trial which commenced 18 November 2013 (The Crown rested its case before Christmas. Defence will present its case starting 20 Jan. ’14)
Next court date: 22 October 2015: 1:30 pm, sentencing, Iqaluit courthouse ; 29 September 2015: guilty plea to four Edmonton charges (in the Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut) ;
06 March 2015: 09:30 am, in arraignment court, Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench ( 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square , Edmonton, AB) ; 06 February 2015: 09:30 am, in arraignment court, Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench ( 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square , Edmonton, AB) ; 26 January 2015: 09:30 am, to be spoken to, Edmonton, Alberta courthouse;12 September 2015: to set date for trial, Edmonton, Alberta courthouse ( waived right to preliminary hearing); 31 July 2014: 09:00 am, preliminary hearing, Edmonton, Alberta courthouse (booked for one day); 08 January 2014: 09:00 am, courtroom # 356, “to set date,” Edmonton, Alberta courthouse; Preliminary hearing: 2-3 December 2013, 09:00 am, courtroom # 355, Edmonton Alberta courthouse.;; 29 October 2013: Pre-trial conference, 09:00 am, courtroom # 001, Edmonton Alberta courthouse (NOT open to the public); 31 May 2013: Pre-Trial hearing – NOT open to the public; 21 February 2013: 09:00 am, courtroom # 356, “to speak to,” Edmonton Alberta courthouse; 07 February 2013: 09:00 am, courtroom # 356, “to set a date,” Edmonton Alberta courthouse; 20 & 21 December 2012: Preliminary hearing, Edmonton, Alberta courthouse; 29 March 2012: 9 am, courtroom #265, Edmonton Alberta court house “for election and plea”; 01 March 2012: 09:00 am, courtroom #265, “for a plea,” Edmonton, Alberta, Courthouse; 25 January 2012: 9 am, court room #256 `for election and plea` Edmonton, Alberta, Courthouse; 16 December 2011 : 9 am, courtroom #265, Edmonton, Alberta, Courthouse; 02 December 2011 (Edmonton court house, Edmonton, Alberta)
Click the links below for pictures
Documents of interest pre Dejaeger’s return to Canada
21 July 2010: – “Wanted: DEJAEGER, ERIC JOSE (Interpol 2010)
08 May 2010: Father Eric (English translation of article in Belgian publication De Morgen. Original Flemish tex below in pdf format) 08 May 2010: De Morgen Part One (pdf) 08 May 2010: De Morgen Part 2 (pdf – scroll to second page to view Interpol warrant – English)
22 April 2002: Dejaeger Adjudication & Disposition
22 April 2002: Warrant for Arrest of Eric Dejaeger (Nunavut)
03 May 2001: Interpol warrant (Red Notice) for Eric Dejaeger“May be dangerous”
05 July 1995: Letter to Father Erik Dejaeger in Belgium from “J.P.” in St. Boniface, Manitoba on Oblate Provincial letterhead (gives a heads up re warrant issued for Dejaeger’s arrest. J.P. is probably Father Jean-Paul Isabelle omi who is listed at the St. Boniface provincial address in 1995 and as Provincial at the same address in 1996 )
20 October 1993: Lawyer letter to Father A. Piche, Oblate provincial superior, re Dejaeger legal bill and belief that it is “unlikely” that there would be further charges but the Crown had not given assurance that there would not
20 April 1990:R. v. Dejaeger – Reasons for Judgement
[Note of interest: John A Scurfiled of the law firm Wolch, Pinx, Tapper, Scurfield, was retained by the Oblates to represent Dejaeger in the mid 90s. Sheldon Pinx, a partner in the firm, just got Monsignor Roger Bazin off scott free.]
The following information is derived from newspaper articles (see 1990 above) , a court document (see R. v. Dejaeger above), the Canadian Catholic Church Directory (CCCD), personal phone calls, a translation from the Belgian publication, De Morgen (see “Father Eric” link above to English translation of o8 May 2010 article), and Canadian media. Note that Nunavut, Canada’s largest territory, was formerly part of the North West Territories. Prior to the 01 April 1999 Nunavut Act Baker Lake and Igloolik were in the North West Territories. Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital, was formerly known as Frobisher Bay. For simplicity’s sake, regardless of date I have referred to all locations as part of Nunavut. According to media reports, also served in Repulse Bay and Pelly Bay
September 2018: Appeal of convictions denied
_ Eligible for parole!!!
15 March 2017: Nunavut Court of Appeal: Justice Shareky rules that Dejaeger is to have a lawyer appointed with fees paid by the Attorney General of Canada
09 November 2016: DeJaeger advised court that he would like to have legal representation to assist with his appeal
26 March 2015: filed a “prisoner’s appeal’
22 October 2015: sentenced to five years in prison for each of four Edmonton Alberta charges – sentences to run concurrent to each other and to the 11 years he is currently serving on the Nunavut convictions
29 September 2015: Edmonton Alberta charges – GUILTY plea to two counts of gross indecency, one count of indecent assault on a female, and one count of indecent assault on a male
04 Feb. 2015: sentenced to 19 years in jail on Nunavut charges (8 years deducted as 2:1 credit for time served, therefore 11 years left to serve)
10 September 2014: Guilty verdict on 24 of the charges (plus guilty plea to eight charges)
12 December 2013: Trial adjourned to 20 January 2013 (Crown rested its case). New charges were laid. Dejaeger is now facing a total of 80 sex-related charges from his time in Igloolik. He has pleaded guilty to eight charges. 41 witness took the stand at trial for the prosecution , most of whom are complainants
18 November 2013: TRIAL (originally scheduled for 10 weeks, now scheduled for five to six weeks. Lead prosecutor is Douglass Curliss of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Scott Hughes of Iqaluit, and Barry Nordin, formerly of Iqaluit and now of Halifax, Nova Scotia.) All charges date to the years 1978-1982 and include charges of bestiality
01 October 2012: Entered not guilty pleas to all 76 charges against him in Nunavut
March 2012: Dejaeger’s previous lawyer for the Nunavut charges was elevated to the bench. He has retained a new lawyer, Malcolm Kempt of Iqaluit
November 2011: New charges from Edmonton, Alberta
24 January 2011: three new charges added to the original six in Igloolik: two of indecent assault from Igloolik, and one of failure to appear.
20 January 2011: He landed in Iqaluit, Nunavut 20 January 2011 and was taken directly to the Iqaluit courthouse and then to the Baffin Correctional Centre where he is currently housed in a single cell and, initially at least and by personal preference, segregating himself from the rest of the inmate populace. One week before trial facing 75 charges, some of which are charges related to bestiality.
19 January 2011: DEPORTED (Dejaeger was deported when it became known that he had lost his Belgian citizenship. His passport expired in 1997. He was living in Belgium illegally.)
Sept. 12, 2010: “Oblates issue statement saying Dejaeger will turn himself in” (CP timeline)
08 May 2010: article in Belgian newspaper De Morgen re Father Eric Dejaeger living in Belgium
May 2010: living with small group ( 6 or 7) of Oblates in Blanden, near Leuven. Dejaeger’s address is known, as is the fact that he is a wanted man. No action.
Mid May 2009: – concelebrated at a funeral Mass (click here for picture)
April 2003: April 2003 edition of Oblate Communications notes that Father Erik Dejaeger will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination on 28 May 2003. Listed as “Belgium North” (http://www.omiworld.org/Informazioni.asp?L=1&I=44)
22 April 2002: Nunavut – bench warrant issued for Dejaeger’s arrest.
22 April 2002: Adjudication and Dispostion: Six charges: 3 of buggery, 3 of indecent assault against a male
22 April 2002: Warrant issued for arrest of Eric Dejaeger
27 February 2002: – Dejaeger’s Oblate provincial writes to the President of the the Interdiocesan Committee for Sexual Abuse (Belgium) and states in part:
“… you do not have the right to make this affair public, because it would harm the church and cause injustice to the Oblates”. (De Morgen)
03 May 2001: – Interpol international warrant issued for Eric Dejaeger for ‘rape of minor, sex crimes’ – advises he “may be dangerous.” (De Morgen) Warrant is published in at least one newspaper
– (exact date unknown) Complaint against Dejaeger by young Flemish woman who made a pilgrimage to Lourdes (De Morgen). Apparently the complaint was not of a sexual nature, but rather that she identified him and was aware that he was a convicted child molester. (A newspaper published the Interpol warrant. This may have been fallout from seeing his picture in the paper) It is believed that after this or around this time he was supposedly stripped of his faculties to say public Masses and hear confessions (phone), however, in 2009 he was pictured concelebrating at a funeral Mass – Despite knowledge that he was wanted by Interpol, no action was taken.
Early 1997 – at least mid 2000: working in Lourdes, France. According to article in De Morgen (Father Eric) Dejaeger was receiving pilgrims and hearing confessions at the Lourdes Shrine. During off season for pilgrimages he stayed with the Oblates in Waregem, Belgium.
1996: Not listed in Canadian Catholic Church Directory
05 July 1995: Letter from Canadian Oblate superior addressed to Dejaeger at Processiestraat 1, Waregem, Belgium states in part:
“Dear Eric,the RCMP (Canadian police) called me this morning. There is a search warrant out for you. This means that if you were to come to Canada, you would be arrested upon arrival. They asked me where you were and I told them you were in Belgium, but that I did not know where.”
July 1995: – Warrant issued for his arrest.
July 5, 1995: “Oblate officials in Belgium are informed that a Canadian arrest warrant was issued against Dejaeger. Dejaeger told by Oblates that nothing is likely to happen unless he comes to Canada.” (CP timeline)
20 June 1995: fled the country for his native Belgium. (What was Dejaeger doing with his passport or passports? )
20 June 1995: “Oblate officials are informed that Dejaeger is in Belgium.” (CP timeline)
13 June 1995: – trial date set
20 April 1995: Dejaeger invited to return to Belgium (CP timeline)
26 March 1995: “Dejaeger writes to Oblate officials in Belgium to propose a possible return.” (CP timeline)
19 February 1995: – charged with 6 counts of indecent assault and 3 of buggery (these charges relate to Igloolik allegations). (Why were Dejaeger’s passports not confiscated?)
1994 & 1995: address in index listed as CP 35A, RR 2. Lorrete, Manitoba, ROA OYO (Diocese of St. Boniface, Manitoba) (CCCD)
The first Homes for Growth House was in Lorrete, Manitoba. Is this the address? Was Dejaeger perhaps staying here after his incarceration? http://www.sea-of-flowers.ca/weblog/sea/archives/2004/05/17/more-about-sist.php
Jan-Feb 1993: New charges filed
10 June 1993: “Dejaeger’s lawyer writes to the Crown asking if another trial is needed. After some correspondence and discussion, a trial scheduled for early July is cancelled.” “‘Internal Oblate correspondence indicates ‘no further charges are expected.’” (CP timeline)
12 September 1991: Released from Rockwood Prison, a minimum-security institution in Stony Mountain, Man. Moved to halfway house
June 1991: GUILTY to sex assault 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy in 1988. Sentence to run concurrent to previous sentence. According to one source, served 18 months in jail.
April 1991: Dejaeger pleaded not guilty to the five charges. The Crown reduced the number of charges to two
January 1991: Five charges from two teenage victims
April 1990: GUILTY to nine offences of sexual assault and indecent assault, committed over a period of seven years in Baker Lake involving eight different victims both male and female. Charges included repeated acts of sodomy of two young boy. The sexual abuse of the boys began when they were between the ages of 8 and 12. Five year sentence.
September 1989: prior to being charged had been scheduled to take a one year sabbatical to study linguistics and the Inuit language of Inuktitut
29 August 1989: appeared in Yellowknife court –Released on bail ($85,000) (M)
Seems to have been residing at the House of Growth (Homes for Growth), in Milner Ridge, Manitoba. Ordered by court to remain there until his next court appearance. The Homes for Growth, also known as Maissons du Croissance, was in part a communal living arrangement founded around 1977 by Sr. Jeanne Wilfort csc, a Sister of the Holy Cross and, according to another source, co-founded by “Winnipeg-based” Oblate Father, Raymond Beauregard,. According to one source, Wilfort was` trained in a method of therapy called “PRH” (Personality in Human Relationships)which originated in France with Father Rochais. Wilfort’s specialty “ Affectivity” which, according to one source” is supposed to be how to love and be loved, and to express oneself affectionately.” It seems Wilfert provided ‘treatment’ of some sort and was seen by herself and others as some sort of healer. The homes were supported by the Holy Cross sisters and the Oblates. In 2002 several religious sisters alleged that they and other females were sexually abused by Wilfort. A lawsuit was launched. Click here for further info re House of Growth/Homes for Growth/Sister Jeanne Wilfort csc
21 August 1989: arrested – seven charges related to allegations of sex abuse in Baker Lake, NWT (Now Nunavut) (M) Arrested in Langley, BC
August 1989: according to media, studying linguistics in Langley, BC.
June 1989: attended a missionary meeting in Edmonton, Alberta
1982-1989: Baker Lake, Nunavut
May (?) 1989: On advice of Bishop Rouleau moved out of Baker Lake. Apparently initially went to a religious house in Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 1989: Bishop Rouleau alleged he learned in April that Dejaeger might be charged. According to media Rouleau said he learned for someone outside the community. (M)
1985: Baker Lake (CCCD) (Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, Manitoba)
1978-1981: Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada (Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay) ( http://www.arcticomi.ca/2igloolik.html) Fellow Oblate Father Robert Lechat was serving in and around Igloolik around the same time. According to the Oblate directory Father Lechat served in Igloolik from 1972-1986 and 1988.
1978: ORDAINED as a priest for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. – As an Oblate priest served in the missions in the Canadian Arctic.
1977 : Takes out Canadian citizenship. Served his diaconate in Repulse Bay (Diocese of Churchill). (he allegedly lost his Belgian citizenship at this time because he did not apply for dual citizenship)
Attended St. Joseph Seminary in Emonton Alberta (the seminary is connected to Newmand Theological College). I am told that Dejaeger did spend some time in seminary formation in Belgium – he was with the Oblates before his arrival in Canada. I have also been told that he spent some months at St. Paul’s, the Oblate administered seminary and university in Ottawa, Ontario. The actual years are at this time unknown.
(allegations of sex abuse from Edmonton Alberta span the years 1975-1978. Those are years in which Dejaeger would have been a seminarian)
May 1974: Leaves Pelly Bay for Edmonton, Alberta
1973: arrived in Canada. “”…visits several Arctic Missions. Stays briefly in Pelly Bay NWT (now Kugaaruk, Nunavut) (M)
28 June 1973: leaves Belgium.
24 April 1947: Born in Roeselaar, Belgium’ (De Morgen)
Record of charges
Current Charges in Nunavut:
December 2013: facing a total of 80 sex-related charges from his time in Igloolik. Pleaded guilty to eight charges.; 41 witness took the stand at trial, most of whom are complainants
May 2012: 35 new charges added for a total of 74. (One May report says 77) There are 18 new complainants for a total of 39. (this doesn’t marry with previous numbers but will eventually get sorted out in court) 14 May: There may be one more complainant, in which case there would also be additional charges. In addition to most of the charges which are sex-related the charges include one of failure to appear in court, one of unlawful confinement, one of uttering threats, and three counts of use of violence to prevent reporting of suspicious activity and one of bestiality.
15 August 2011: five more charges added. The total number of charges Dejaeger now faces in Nunavut is 30. I don’t have them all, but the total now is 30.
21 March 2011: there have been a further 11 charges from five complainants. There are now a total of 11 complainants (7 male and 4 female) and 20 charges (19 sex-related and one failure to appear).
On 09 February 2011 a further charge of indecent assault was added. That charge relate to allegations of a female – all other Igloolik charges relate to allegations by males.. There are now six counts of indecent assault, three counts of buggery, and one count of failure to appear in court. There are five male complainants and one female complainant
On 24 January 2011 three new charges were added to the six of indecent assault and buggery he already faces from Igloolik. The new charges are: two of indecent assault from Igloolik and one of failure to appear for his June 1995 courtdate. According to Crown Paul Bychok “The Crown expects charges to arise in a number of Canadian jurisdictions.”