Harvey: Father Paul-Andre Harvey

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P – Andre Harvey (photo: reproduction Daniel Gauthier)

Harvey Paul Andre Harvey le Journal de Quebec 11 Sept 2015

le journal de Quebec 11 Sept. 2015

priest, Diocese of  Chicoutimi, Quebec.  Ordained 16 June 1962.  January 2012 charged with sex abuse of three children under age ten between the years 1966 and 1969.

18 September 2012: four more charges from two new complainants added.  According to media reports there are now 72 charges and 38 complainants

April 2015:  now facing at least 75 charges from 40 women   who were between the ages of 6 and 12 when they allege they were abused and one woman who was aged 23 at the  time.  The time span for the allegations of abuse runs from 1960 to 2000.

11 September 2015:  Sentenced to 6 years in prison for sex abuse of 39 girls age to 8 to 10 between 1963 and 1987.

16 June 2015GUILTY plea

November 2016:  media reports 61 victims involved in class action lawsuit  May 2018:  media reports about 80 victims in the class action suit

03 May 2018:   Died in jail of natural causes

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Father Paul-Andre Harvey ‘confessions’ and accusations given to lawyer for class action suit.   Harvey died weeks later.  These documents are in FRENCH.

Unofficial ENGLISH translation of Father Paul-Andre Harvey statements and affidavit

Father Paul Andre Harvey Affidavit and Annexes

23 April 2018 (?) :  Father Paul Andre Harvey documents Annexe 1

Father Paul-Andre Harvey documents Annexe 2  (Note that pages 9 and 10 are out of order)

Father Paul-Andre Harvey documents Annexe 3

Father Paul-Andre Harvey documents Annexe 4

16 May 2018BLOG  Father Paul-Andre Harvey document translation

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15 May 2018:  Confessions from pedophile priest could help Quebec sex abuse lawsuit

14 May 2018:  “A pedophile priest blames his superiors” with original French text

03 May 2018:  “Former pedophile priest Paul-André Harvey is dead” & original French text & related articles

04 November 2016:  “22 victims of priest Paul-André Harvey join the class action” & related articles plus original French

11 September 2015:  “Crimes of sexual violence on children: Fr. Harvey sentenced to six years in prison” google translation & related article

16 June 2015:  Paul-André Harvey, retired priest, pleads guilty to dozens of sex-related charges

13 April 2015:  “Father Paul-André Harvey waives a jury trial” & original French text

18 September 2012: ‘The priest Paul-André Harvey would have made two new victims’ (google translate of “Le curé Paul-André Harvey aurait fait deux nouvelles victimes”)

23 May 2012: BLOG 63 more charges for Quebec priest

23 May 2012: Quebec priest hit with 63 sex charges

23 May 2012: Father Harvey is facing 35 new charges (google translation with original French)

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Next court date:    18 June 2015:  GUILTY plea; has opted to be tried by judge alone – was committed to stand  trial in November 2014 after a preliminary inquiry;   27 August 2013,:  09:10 am, courtroom 9.5, for preliminary inquiry, Chicoutimi courthouse, Chicoutimi, Quebec;  12 December 2012:  Chicoutimi courthouse, Chicoutimi, Quebec ; 18 September 2012: 09:30 am, courtroom #210, Chicoutimi courthouse, Chicoutimi, Quebec “to take position”

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03 May 2018:  Died in jail

11 September 2015:  Sentenced to 6 years in prison

16 June 2015:  GUILTY plea

23 May 2012: 63 more charges added. Most of the complainants are said to be female.  The new charges relate to Father Harvey’s years serving in and around the Sagenuay region, about 200 km north of Quebec city. (M)

12 January 2012:  charged with two counts of gross indecency and three of indecent assault. (M)

2011, 2010:  address in La Baie, Quebec (CCCD)

2002:  retired, but still assisting with funerals (M) (CCCD)

2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997:  1002, rue Victoria,  La Baie, Quebec G7B 3N1 Ph: 418-544-2194 (CCCD)

1996, 1995, 1994, 1993:  139, rue St. Pierre,  La Baie, Quebec Ph: 418-544-2194 (CCCD)

1992:  114, rue Simard,  La Baie, Quebec, G7B 2X9 Ph: 418-544-2194 (CCCD)

1991:  1562, R.A. Foster, Ville de la Baie, Quebec, G7B 3S6 Ph: 418-544-2194 (CCCD)

1985:  Pastor, St. Gabriel-Lalemant Roman Catholic Church, St. Gabriel-Lalemant, Quebec (CCCD)

1973-74:  Christ-Roi, Chicoutimin (PastorFather L.J. Lavoie) (CCCD)

1968-1969, 1967:  Saint Cecile, Kenogami (Pastor Father Alfred Girard) (CCCD)

the first set of charges in 2012 stem from allegations of sex abuse between ’66 and ’69 in Kenogami (M) The second set stem from allegations of sex abuse between 1963 and 1995

16 June 1963:  ORDAINED (CCCD)

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Un prêtre accusé d’agression sexuelle à Saguenay (A priest accused of sexual assault in Saguenay – scroll down for google translation)

Le Reveil

12 January 2012

Une histoire de prêtre accusé d agression sexuelle ébranle le diocèse de Chicoutimi. Paul-André Harvey a été a accusé, ce jeudi, de cinq chefs de nature sexuelle. Entre 1966 et 1969, il aurait fait trois victimes.(photo: reproduction Daniel Gauthier)

Une histoire de prêtre accusé d’agression sexuelle ébranle le diocèse de Chicoutimi. L’abbé Paul-André Harvey a été a accusé, ce jeudi, de cinq chefs de nature sexuelle. Entre 1966 et 1969 il aurait fait trois victimes, toutes les trois âgées de moins de dix ans. 

Le prêtre, aujourd’hui âgé de 75 ans, fait face à deux chefs de grossière indécence et trois autres pour attentat à la pudeur.

« C’est un jour triste », a commenté l’évêque du Diocèse de Chicoutimi Mgr André Rivest lors d’un point de presse.

« Ce que je peux vous dire, c’est que l’Église du diocèse prend très au sérieux cet événement », a-t-il ajouté en précisant sa compassion à l’égard des victimes.

À la retraite

Paul-André Harvey a été ordonné prêtre en 1962. Les faits qui lui sont reprochés remontreraient à la fin des années 1960 et auraient été commis à Kénogami.

Certains gestes auraient été posés entre le 29 avril 1966 et le 28 février 1969. D’autres actes auraient eu lieu entre le 1er janvier 1967 et le 28 février 1969.

Les victimes sont aujourd’hui âgées dans le début de la cinquantaine. Le prêtre a pris sa retraite en 2002, mais le diocèse précise qu’il exerçait toujours un ministère de remplacement à l’intérieur de résidences funéraires.

Mesures imposées

Le diocèse a été mis au courant de l’enquête policière qui ciblait Paul-André Harvey, le 20 septembre 2011. Mgr Rivest rapporte avoir immédiatement pris les mesures qui s’imposaient.

Il a exigé que le prêtre cesse d’exercer son ministère, qu’il n’entre pas en contact avec les plaignantes et qu’il ne se trouve pas en présence de mineurs.

« Ça confirme qu’ici au diocèse, c’est tolérance zéro », a appuyé Mgr Rivest. Il ajoute que c’est par souci de transparence qu’il a pris cette décision.

« C’est par prudence. Cela illustre le soin que l’on veut prendre d’éventuelles victimes, ce n’est pas pour le condamner ».

Le principal intéressé a signé un document, le 19 octobre dernier, afin de s’engager à respecter les mesures imposées par le diocèse.

L’abbé Émilien Dumais, vicaire général au diocèse, a rencontré Paul-André Harvey lors de cette signature. « C’est quelqu’un qui était bouleversé, peiné et qui se demandait comment il allait survivre à ça », a rapporté l’abbé Dumais.

Deux autres prêtres du diocèse de Chicoutimi se sont retrouvés dans pareille situation en 1992 et 2002, rapporte Mgr Rivest.

L’Évêque du diocèse a précisé qu’un protocole d’action a été mis en place en 1994 afin de protéger les enfants de toute forme d’abus de la part des prêtres, diacres ou agents de pastorale.

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GOOGLE Translation of above article:

A priest accused of sexual assault in Saguenay

Le Reveil

12 January 2012

A story of a priest accused of sexual assault undermines the Diocese of Chicoutimi. Paul-André Harvey was accused on Thursday of five counts of sexual nature. Between 1966 and 1969, he would have three victims. (Photo: Daniel Gauthier reproduction)

A story of a priest charged with sexual assault undermines the Diocese of Chicoutimi. Father Paul-André Harvey was accused on Thursday of five counts of sexual nature. Between 1966 and 1969 he would have three victims, all three under the age of ten years.

The priest, now aged 75, faces two counts of gross indecency and three for indecent assault.

“It’s a sad day,” said the Bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi Bishop André Rivest during a press briefing.

“What I can tell you is that the Church of the Diocese is very serious event,” he said indicating his compassion for the victims.

In retirement

Paul-André Harvey was ordained priest in 1962. The facts alleged against him remonstrating in the late 1960s and have been committed Kénogami.

Some actions have been taken between April 29, 1966 and February 28, 1969. Other acts have taken place between 1 January 1967 and February 28, 1969.

The victims are now aged in their early fifties. The priest retired in 2002, but the diocese said he still exercised a ministry of replacement within the funeral.

Measures imposed

The diocese was made aware of the police investigation that targeted Paul-André Harvey, September 20, 2011. Bishop Rivest reports that it immediately took appropriate action.

He demanded that the priest ceases to exercise his ministry, he does not come into contact with the complainants and that is not in the presence of minors.

“It confirms that here in the diocese is zero tolerance”, supported Bishop Rivest. He added that the interests of transparency that has made this decision.

“It’s a precaution. This illustrates the care that we want to make potential victims, not to condemn. ”

The main interest has signed a document on October 19, to commit to the measures imposed by the diocese.

Father Emilien Dumais, vicar general of the diocese, met Paul-André Harvey at this signature. “This is someone who was upset, saddened and wondered how he would survive it,” reported Father Dumais.

Two other priests of the diocese of Chicoutimi found themselves in a similar situation in 1992 and 2002, says Bishop Rivest.

The Bishop of the diocese said that a memorandum of action was established in 1994 to protect children from all forms of abuse by priests, deacons and pastoral associates.

15 Responses to Harvey: Father Paul-Andre Harvey

  1. Sylvia says:

    Father Paul Andre Harvey’s court date tomorrow in Chicoutimi is at 09:30 am in courtroom #210.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Father Paul-Andre Harvey’s next court date is:

    27 August 2013,: 09:10 am, courtroom 9.5, for preliminary inquiry, Chicoutimi courthouse, Chicoutimi, Quebec

    Here again I, who speak not a word of French, was speaking to a very pleasant and helpful clerk who speaks a little English. I know start time of 09:10 sounds strange, as does courtroom number 9.5, but we went over both of those details to ensure i understood what she was saying, and she was comfortable with the English translation. The most important thing however is that the date is correct, and of that I am sure 🙂

  3. Sylvia says:

    Father Paul Andre has been committed to stand trial. He has opted to be tried by judge alone.

  4. Sylvia says:

    Another 11th hour GUILTY plea, this tiem from Diocese of Chicoutimi priest Father Paul-Andre Harvey:

    16 June 2015: Paul-André Harvey, retired priest, pleads guilty to dozens of sex-related charges

    Does anyone for a moment believe that it took Father Harvey three years plus to know that the he had sexually abused those girls?

    Why did he not do the honouarble thing and acknowledge his guilt and crimes when the victims first came forward?

    I will never understand a system which will now without doubt give this priest kudos for sparing his victims the horror of testifying at trial?

    How have we come to this?

    What of the horror the victims have endured for the past three years? Why did he not admit his crimes immediately and thus spare his victims three additional years of anguish ?

    By failing to admit to his crimes immediately Father Harvey opted to put these women through three years of Hell on earth. I know, it’s legal. That’s the way it’s done. I, however, have trouble with it, be it done by a Father Harvey, or a Father Sullivan, or a Father Marshall, or Father Whomever.

    I wonder has the Bishop of Chicoutimi has, as he should, started the process to have Father Harvey defrocked?

    Anyway, a guilty plea. A relief I am sure for Father’s many victims. Please keep them in your prayers .

    • BC says:

      … and now the Bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi André Rivest is now representing that neither his predecessor Bishops nor any member of the clergy in that Diocese ever knew about their good friend/brother/peer/collegue and one of Canada’s most active serial rapist Father Paul-Andre Harvey.

      40 victims. That’s thousands of people in terms of families, relatives and friends. But the Diocese of Chicoutimi and it’s outstanding charitably humanitarian clergy never heard about Father Paul-Andre Harvey.

      I do not believe the Bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi André Rivest.

    • PJ says:

      “By failing to admit to his crimes immediately Father Harvey opted to put these women through three years of Hell on earth. I know, it’s legal. That’s the way it’s done. I, however, have trouble with it, be it done by a Father Harvey, or a Father Sullivan, or a Father Marshall, or Father Whomever.”
      All the pervert collars you mention have or are doing this. And under the approval of collars authorizing the payment to defend them. I applaud all who come forward and continue to fight that church on it’s defence of these pervert collars…thanks Sylvia for giving us a website that permits us to continue voicing our concerns.

  5. PJ says:

    Right on Sylvia! That church, its enabling supporters and pervert collars would rather pay huge dollars to deny, defend and denigrate to put the victims through hell. I hope many of these victims continue with charges and lawsuits to hit that church on what it worships the most…the almighty dollar.

  6. BC says:

    La Presse is reporting that there had been many alarm bells regarding Father Harvey as well as letters to the Diocese that were unanswered. And Father Harvey was indeed
    conveniently moved from one parish to another whenever new rumors concerning his criminal activity started regarding him. So Father Harvey got away with it for so long because he had enablers at the Diocese. Enablers and clerical peers who were either perverts (and Father Harvey could leverage their dirt) and/or cowards. I don’t believe for a minute that Father Harvey’s plea was designed to preserve his victims from the ordeal of trials. I believe that Father Harvey waited so long in the hope that key witnesses against him would die before the trials began.

    This morning, inmates at Federal institutions are reading that Father Harvey would tell his victims to not disclose the abuse to anyone because it would make the little baby Jesus sad. Myself, I sincerely don’t believe that Jesus would actually mind if Father Harvey would get the ying-yang banged outta him while he’s incarcerated.
    I know certainly wouldn’t.

    Foreseeably, someone is a-gonna come along here once again to claim that Father Harvey is a great humanitarian who was tempted by evil little girls. And we’re gonna be reading from the Diocese of Chicoutimi about the greatness of their commitment to protect vulnerable persons.

  7. BC says:

    Father Harvey of the Diocese of Chicoutimi was sentenced to serve a six year sentence this morning.

  8. BC says:

    One of Harvey’s victims; Suzanne Tremblay, states that other members of the clergy in Chicoutimi knew of Father Harvey’s crimes and physically intimidated her into silence. Given the number of Father Harvey’s victims I believe Suzanne Tremblay that other clerical members of the Diocese of Chicoutimi knew. It’s gonna be all too convenient for the Diocese of Chicoutimi to attempt to end this story with Harvey’s sentencing. There has to be a civil action against the Diocese of Chicoutimi for it’s vicarious liability in allowing Father Harvey to prey on innocent and vulnerable children and that is what Suzanne Tremblay is indicating that she’ll instigate. I support that action. The faithfull in Chicoutimi need to know the names of the clergy who covered-up for Father Harvey. They need to be exposed as cowards. Hopefully Father Harvey will allocute to these cowards as he seeks to make his sentence more comfortable. Given that Father Harvey has the dirt on his own peers at the Diocese of Chicoutimi, it’s foreseeable that it will race to defrock Father Harvey to dissociate itself with him as soon as possible.

    Personnally I don’t think that Father Harvey’s sentence is proportional to the damages he has caused – although serving six years as a convicted child molester is no walk in the park. Even in protective custody and under a suicide watch for the first months of his sentence, Father Harvey will have to eat… and the other inmates working in the kitchens will serve him his sentence… in his food tray. Protective custody may sound safe for the non-initiated; but it really means that you’re not eating with the general population and that if you are a child-molestor you will be (literally) eating s— and/or die while incarcerated. The guards will be explaining it all to Father Harvey in due time and he’ll be reminded at least three times a day what it means to not be able to trust anyone anymore.

    I feel very vey sad for Father Harvey’s victims. Many of them were innocent Girlguides that had been entrusted to Father Harvey.

  9. Sylvia says:

    Thanks ‘just a victim’ and BC for keeping everyone updated regarding Father Harvey’s sentencing. I have just posted two articles – both in French with the typical Google translation, but enough to give us the gist of the originals.

    Here is a link to the articles:

    11 September 2015: “Crimes of sexual violence on children: Fr. Harvey sentenced to six years in prison” google translation & related article

    Well done Suzanne Tremblay and all you other victims who found the courage to come forward and and finally have this “priest” identified as the wolf in sheep’s clothing that he is.

    And, good news too to read that the Chicoutime Diocese has initiated the process to have Harvey defrocked.

  10. BC says:

    In this class action, the Diocese of Chicoutimi and it’s civil liability insurer are involved in a battle because in 2013 as the liability insurer foresaw that a civil aciton would ensue following the laying of charges against Father Harvey the maximum coverage for the Diocese of Chicoutimi dropped to 2 million per abuser. The Diocese is alleging that it’s insurer, l’Assurance Mutuelle des fabriques de Québec which specializes in Church insurance matters reduced it’s special coverage for clerical abuse to avoid having to pay damages to victims of Father Harvey. The diocese believed that it was covered up to 20 million dollars to pay for damages to the victims and since this class action is claiming damages of 14 million it believed that it was sufficiently covered.The class action now includes 92 plaintiffs. The lawyers for the plaintiffs who won a landmark civil action against big tobacco in 2015 are considering going after the Holy See should they succeed in this action.

  11. Sylvia says:

    Is this currently being fought in court BC?

  12. BC says:

    The Diocese of Chicoutimi had filed a complaint with Québec’s Autorité des marchés financiers last year in 2017. The AMF is Québec’s financial/insurance regulator. Legally speaking it is an administrative tribunal and so before this matter is finally adjudicated it could take years because administrative tribunals are subjected to judicial review in Canada i.e. this case could go to court if one of the parties challenges it’s decision. I haven’t read the briefs of neither the Diocese of Chicoutimi nor la Mutuelle des Fabriques (transl: parish council mutual – insurance) The Diocese’s special coverage for clerical abuse was modified from a maximum of 10 million per year to 2 million per clerical abuser and only for cases which occurred after 1995. That means that actuaries have determined that an insurance product which would cover clerical abuse occurring prior to that year would not be profitable. The Diocese claims that it only found out about the changes after Father Harvey was convicted and the civil action for vicarious negligence ensued. The victims group was offered 2 million as per the terms of the policy. But they are suing for 14 million. In fairness to the liability insurer; I would be (extremely) surprised if those insurance contracts didn’t contain clauses which voided coverage for clerical abuse if the Diocese contributed to a clerical abuser’s negligence (by covering-up for him) or for withholding vital information from the liability insurer which could prevent it from reasonably knowing the actual risks involved.

    For these reasons, although the media hailed Father Harvey’s disclosure as being good for the plaintiffs, I doubt it myself. If those insurance contracts (with their limitation clauses) are to be considered legit then Father Harvey might have abused of his victims one last time, by triggering the limitation clauses. I like to believe that the Diocese of Chicoutimi is acting to ensure that Father Harvey’s victims will be duly compensated; but the bigger picture is obviously that virtually all parish councils and dioceses now know that their own civil liability insurers will not stand by them in cases of clerical abuse cases. And that’s good news; because the Church will have to reduce it’s exposure to litigation; one way or another.

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