Charges allege priest had sex with minors

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The Windsor Star. 

24 August 1989

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest in the Northwest Territories has been charged with seven counts of sexual assault.

Rev. Eric Dejaeger of Baker Lake was arrested and charged recently by RCMP in Langley, B.C.

All charges involve minors and relate to incidents that occured in Baker Lake during the last six years.

RCMP say Dejaeger has been a priest in Baker Lake for the past 10 years.

About 1,000 residents live in the remote community, located 600 km northeast of Yellowknife near Hudson’s Bay.

Before that, he lived in Igloolik, a tiny community in the far eastern Arctic.

Dejaeger is originally from Belgium and came to Canada in 1973.

He appeared in territorial court in Yellowknife Tuesday, with his trial set for today.

The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked in recent months with charges laid against more than 30 priests and brothers in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland.

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Police charge N.W.T. priest with assaults

Montreal Gazette

24 August 1989

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest in the Northwest Territories has been charged with seven counts of sexual assault.

Rev. Eric Dejaeger of Baker Lake was arrested and charged by RCMP in Langley, B.C.

All charges involve minors and relate to alleged incidents in Baker Lake over the last six years.

RCMP say Dejaeger has been a priest in Baker Lake for the past 10 years. About 1,000 residents live in the remote community, located 600 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife near Hudson’s Bay.

Before that, he lived in Igloolik, a tiny community in the far eastern Arctic. He came to Canada from Belgium in 1973.

He appeared in territorial court in Yellowknife Tuesday, with his trial set for today.

The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked in recent months with charges laid against more than 30 priests and brothers in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland.

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Canadian Press 

24 August 1989 

August 24, 1989  22.55 EDT

 YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP)

 A Roman Catholic priest was remanded until Tuesday when he appeared in territorial court Thursday charged with seven counts of sexual assault.

 Rev. Eric Dejaeger of Baker Lake, N.W.T., was arrested and charged recently by RCMP in Langley, B.C.

 All charges involve minors and relate to incidents alleged to have taken place in Baker Lake during the last six years. A publication ban was issued prohibiting the publication of the victims’ names, but as the charges were quickly read aloud in court, both boys and girls were named. No details of the alleged assaults have been released.

 The 42‑year‑old bearded priest will remain in custody until his next court appearance Tuesday. Dejaeger’s lawyer has asked for  a 30‑day psychiatric evaulation of his client. The judge said he   required evidence to suggest the evaluation was needed.

 RCMP said Dejaeger has been a priest in Baker Lake for the last 10 years. About 1,000 people live in the remote community, located  600 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife.

 Bishop Denis Croteau, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mackenzie, was not available for comment on the charges. It is not known if Dejaeger will be relieved of parish duties pending the  outcome of the charges.

 Dejaeger is originally from Belgium and came to Canada in 1973.

 The Catholic Church has been rocked in recent months with sexual assault charges laid against more than 30 priests and   brothers in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland.

1 Response to Charges allege priest had sex with minors

  1. Lieve Halsberghe says:

    Dear Sylvia,

    Thanks a lot. You are an incredible source of information. I will do some digging in articles from my side and send you soon. Get Lona to translate…(if she wants)
    Lieve

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