Gambling priest to get counselling

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Posted: May 2, 2011 6:52 AM AT

Last Updated: May 2, 2011 6:52 AM AT

Rev. Joe LeClair is seen here in a video for You Know Who I Am, an organization aimed at de-stigmatizing mental illness.
Rev. Joe LeClair is seen here in a video for You Know Who I Am, an organization aimed at de-stigmatizing mental illness. (youknowwhoiam.com)
                             

A Catholic parish priest in Ottawa, originally from P.E.I., involved in a controversy over gambling and credit card loans, will receive addictions counselling.

Rev. Joseph LeClair, 53, is facing allegations of late-night gambling trips and hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card loans.

Over the weekend, it was announced LeClair will enter a special addictions treatment program for members of the Catholic church, after leaving Blessed Sacrament Parish May 27.

Once he has completed that, his future with the church will be considered.

LeClair has apologized to his congregation for his compulsive gambling, but has told church members he did not misappropriate church funds.

National accounting firm Deloitte & Touch is looking into his church finances. The results of the audit are pending.

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