Former St. Boniface priest sentenced to 2 years behind bars

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Ron Leger, 77, pleaded guilty to 3 counts of sex assault, 1 of sexual interference last summer

CBC News

09 February 2016

Father Leger

Ron Leger, the former head of the Holy Family Parish, has been sentenced to two years behind bars in connection with sex assault and sexual interference charges stemming from incidents between 1984 and 2004. (CBC)

The former priest of a St. Boniface parish has been sentenced to two years behind bars for sexual assault.

Last July, Ron Leger pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference with someone under the age of 16.

Leger, 77, used to lead Holy Family Parish and founded Teen Stop Jeunesse. He was defrocked by the church last summer.

The charges against Leger relate back to a series of incidents that occurred between 1984 and 2004.

As a condition of his sentence, Leger’s name will be added to Canada’s national sex offender registry.

1 Response to Former St. Boniface priest sentenced to 2 years behind bars

  1. Sylvia says:

    I commented on a previous article that it is highly doubtful that Father Leger has been defrocked. What has happened is that last year he was stripped of his faculties in the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface and can no longer function as a priest within the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.

    As I said at the time, Father Leger is a Viatorian priest. He ‘belongs’ to the Viatorians. It will be up to the Viatorians to decide if he can function as a priest on their behalf anywhere. IF they should decide that he should be able to say public Masses and hear confessions in, for example, Rigaud, Quebec, they will have to find a bishop who will be willing to give him the faculties to do so. He did plead guilty: yes. He IS a child molester: yes. He is going to jail: yes. I do not however believe he has been defrocked. I will find out for certain, but caution all that the media often thinks that if a priest has been stripped of his priestly faculties he has been defrocked. That is not the case.

    And, that aside, Father Leger is off to jail.

    Well done to the victims who exposed him for what he is. My prayers are with you.

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