Eric Dejaeger, ex-priest, sentenced to 5 years for Edmonton sex charges

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Sentence will be concurrent with previous sentence for Nunavut crimes, meaning he won’t serve additional time

CBC News Posted: Oct 22, 2015 12:39 PM CT

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2015 12:43 PM CT

Former Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger was sentenced in Iqaluit today to five years in prison for sex offences stemming from the mid-1970s when he was studying in Edmonton.

Dejaeger had pleaded guilty in September to two counts of gross indecency, one count of indecent assault on a female, and one count of indecent assault on a male. The crimes were committed when the former priest was studying at the Newman Theological College in Edmonton.

He had previously applied to have the charges heard in a Nunavut courtroom rather than in Alberta.

In February, Dejaeger was sentenced to 19 years in prison for sexually abusing children in Igloolik, Nunavut, more than 30 years ago. He was convicted of 32 sex crimes ranging from indecent assault to bestiality, dating back to his time as a priest in the community.

Today the judge sentenced 69-year old Dejaeger to five years in prison for each charge, to be served concurrently, and also concurrent with the sentence for his Igloolik charges. That means he won’t serve any additional time.

He has filed an appeal where he’ll represent himself. It is unclear which charges he is appealing.