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Eric Dejaeger faces two sex-related charges from late 1970s in Edmonton

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

31 July 2014

Eric Dejaeger, on May 26, being lead into the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
Eric Dejaeger, on May 26, being lead into the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)

Eric Dejaeger, the disgraced and defrocked priest who is currently in custody awaiting verdicts in 68 sex-related charges stemming from incidents in Igloolik between 1978 and 1982, will face a new judge soon, in Edmonton.

The Canadian Press is reporting that Dejaeger waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week and will return to an Edmonton courthouse Sept. 12 to have a trial date set.

Dejaeger, 67, lived in Edmonton in the mid-1970s and studied at Newman Theological College before heading north to work as an Oblate missionary in what was then the Northwest Territories.

He was charged in 2011 with one count each of indecent assault and gross indecency in connection with a series of incidents involving a minor alleged to have occurred in Edmonton between 1975 and 1978.

The Belgian-born ex-priest, who now holds Canadian citizenship, has a long history with the Canadian justice system.

He was sentenced in 1990 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to sex offences arising from incidents against males and females in Baker Lake in the late 1980s.

His most recent trial in Iqaluit, which involved weeks of emotional testimony from 41 complainants — 21 male and 20 female — unfolded over seven months. He originally faced 80 charges; he pleaded guilty to eight and four charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

That lengthy trial wrapped up in May. Justice Robert Kilpatrick, who is hearing the case alone, without a jury, has reserved his decision on those charges.

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Former priest Eric Dejaeger to go to trial in Edmonton on sex charges

CBC News

Posted: Aug 01, 2014 5:52 AM CTLast Updated: Aug 01, 2014 5:52 AM CT

 Former priest Eric Dejaeger will go to trial in Edmonton on charges of indecent assault and gross indecency after waiving his right to a preliminary inquiry on Thursday.

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Former priest Eric Dejaeger leaves an Iqaluit courtroom in January 2011. Dejaeger will go to trial in Edmonton on charges of indecent assault and gross indecency after waiving his right to a preliminary inquiry. (Chris Windeyer/Canadian Press)

A lawyer representing Dejaeger, 67, appeared in an Edmonton courtroom.

The charges relate to incidents alleged to have occurred in Edmonton between 1975 and 1978 when he was studying at Newman Theological College.

Dejaeger will have his trial date set on Sept. 12.

Dejaeger is awaiting the verdict from his recent trial in Iqaluit. He’s charged with dozens of sex offences against children in Igloolik, Nunavut stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred during his time as a priest in the community three decades ago.

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Former Arctic priest to face Alberta trial on sex charges

The Canadian Press

July 31, 2014 11:37 AM

Eric Dejaeger is escorted by police outside an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011. The former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Windeyer

EDMONTON – A former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton.

Eric Dejaeger has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will have his trial date set on September 12.

The 67-year-old former Oblate missionary lost his status as a priest for his behaviour in two missions in Nunavut.

Dejaeger was stationed in Igloolik and Baker Lake between 1978 and 1989, when the Oblates asked him to leave.

He lived in Edmonton during the mid-1970s after moving from Belgium.

He was studying at Newman Theological College during his time in the Alberta capital.

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Former priest Eric Dejaeger to go to trial in Edmonton on sex charges

Canada MSN News   North West Territories

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:52:55 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca


Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger leaves an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011 after his first appearance for six child sexual abuse charges in Igloolik dating back to the 1970s. He must have thought he was through with Canadian prisons.Father Eric Dejaeger probably figured as recently as last spring that he'd never have to answer to accusations he'd betrayed the faith and innocence of Inuit children from the tiny Nunavut community of Igloolik. Chris Windeyer/Canadian Press

Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger leaves an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011 after his first appearance for six child sexual abuse charges in Igloolik dating back to the 1970s. He must have thought he was through with Canadian prisons.Father Eric Dejaeger probably figured as recently as last spring that he’d never have to answer to accusations he’d betrayed the faith and innocence of Inuit children from the tiny Nunavut community of Igloolik. Chris Windeyer/Canadian Press

Former priest Eric Dejaeger will go to trial in Edmonton on charges of indecent assault and gross indecency after waiving his right to a preliminary inquiry on Thursday.

A lawyer representing Dejaeger, 67, appeared in an Edmonton courtroom.

The charges relate to incidents alleged to have occurred in Edmonton between 1975 and 1978 when he was studying at Newman Theological College.

Dejaeger will have his trial date set on Sept. 12.

Dejaeger is awaiting the verdict from his recent trial in Iqaluit. He’s charged with dozens of sex offences against children in Igloolik, Nunavut stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred during his time as a priest in the community three decades ago.

Former Arctic priest to face Alberta trial on sex charges

The Canadian Press
July 31, 2014 11:37 AM

Eric Dejaeger is escorted by police outside an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011. The former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Windeyer

EDMONTON – A former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton.

Eric Dejaeger has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will have his trial date set on September 12.

The 67-year-old former Oblate missionary lost his status as a priest for his behaviour in two missions in Nunavut.

Dejaeger was stationed in Igloolik and Baker Lake between 1978 and 1989, when the Oblates asked him to leave.

He lived in Edmonton during the mid-1970s after moving from Belgium.

He was studying at Newman Theological College during his time in the Alberta capital.

– See more at: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/former-arctic-priest-to-face-alberta-trial-on-sex-charges-1.1270332#sthash.44n5uAdf.dpuf

Former Arctic priest to face Alberta trial on sex charges

The Canadian Press
July 31, 2014 11:37 AM

Eric Dejaeger is escorted by police outside an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011. The former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Windeyer

EDMONTON – A former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton.

Eric Dejaeger has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will have his trial date set on September 12.

The 67-year-old former Oblate missionary lost his status as a priest for his behaviour in two missions in Nunavut.

Dejaeger was stationed in Igloolik and Baker Lake between 1978 and 1989, when the Oblates asked him to leave.

He lived in Edmonton during the mid-1970s after moving from Belgium.

He was studying at Newman Theological College during his time in the Alberta capital.

– See more at: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/former-arctic-priest-to-face-alberta-trial-on-sex-charges-1.1270332#sthash.44n5uAdf.dpuf

2 Responses to “Nunavut ex-priest heads back to court, this time in Alberta” & related articles

  1. northern fancy says:

    When is Dejaeger going on trial for the Edmonton charges? Any developments?

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