A former Winnipeg priest and convicted sex offender facing new charges involving four alleged victims has been granted bail.
Ron Leger, 78, won his release Tuesday following an appearance before Judge Cynthia Devine.
Devine released Leger on a $10,000 surety and $1,000 recognizance and ordered that he have no contact with his alleged victims or children under 18.
Specific details of the bail hearing cannot be disclosed under terms of a publication ban.
Leger was arrested last month and charged with eight counts of sexual assault involving four male victims who were between 10 and 12 years old when the assaults began in 1981.
Leger was sentenced to two years in prison in February after pleading guilty in July 2015 to sexually abusing three boys between 1980 and 2004. He was granted day parole in September.
Leger and the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface and Clercs de Saint-Viateur du Canada have been named in two separate sexual assault lawsuits.
The offences for which Leger was previously convicted involved brief fondling of the male victims`genitals. The first victim was 12 or 13 years old and visiting the drop-in centre Leger ran when Leger came up behind him and squeezed his genitals, Crown attorney Debbie Buors told court at Leger`s sentencing hearing. The boy asked Leger what he was doing and immediately left the drop-in centre.
Leger assaulted the second victim several times, beginning when he was 15. Buors said Leger rubbed the boy’s genitals over his clothes on repeated occasions and asked “how his big boy was doing.” Years later, the then 19-year-old man was visiting Leger’s home when Leger rubbed the man’s genitals over his clothes and told him he should “make babies.”
Leger groped the third then 10-year-old victim in a similar fashion in a school locker room.