George Ansel Smith
Father George Smith
Now defrocked priest Diocese of St. George’s, Newfoundland – the Diocese is now the Diocese of Corner Brook, Labrador. Ordained 1969.
Deer Lake Newfoundland RCMP began to investigate in May 2010. Initially set of charges laid 14 December 2011. Eventually faced 70 or 71 charges from more than 13 victims. Abuse spanned the years 1969 and 1989 and transpired in Port Saunders, Corner Brook, Stephenville, St. Fintan’s, Cape St. George, Deer Lake, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Most boys were were 12 or 13 when the abuse started: one was eight-years-old.
GUILTY plea(on the 2011 charges). Sentenced to 11 years in jail
The judge, Justice William Goodridge, and defence lawyer, Tom Williams, are cousins. Goodridge asked lawyers if they had any objections ot him continuing to hear the case. Williams and Crown attorney Trina Simms had no problem.
December 2015: Granted day parole!!!
July 2016: Granted full parole!!!!!
2017: New charge laid – listed on Stephenville, Newfoundland court docket for 05 June 2017 for charge of indecent assault on male (Section 156 of the 1970 Criminal Code of Canada – the code in force at the time the alleged offence was committed) ( George Ansel Smith Stephenville NFLD court docket for 05 June 2017) After guilt plea sentenced in December 2017 to 15 months in jail.
Reasons for Judgement
05 December 2017: R. v. Smith (Sentence Section 156) (002) 05 December 2017
27 February 2013: Reasons for Judgment: Sentencing [George Ansel Smith]
January 2014: George Smith was defrocked/laicized
05 November 2017: Statement from the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador Re George Smith
07 December 2017: BLOG He was defrocked in 2014
07 December 2017: BLOG Several things of note
03 November 2017: BLOG A difficult few days in Newfoundland
12 September 2017: BLOG More “good” news… (GUILTY plea on 2017 charges)
Next court date (charges from 2017?):
05 December 2017: 1:30 pm, Sentencing, Corner Brook, Newfoundland courthouse (82 Mt. Bernard Avenue); 27 November 2017: 1:30 pm, “Facts and Sentence,” Corner Brook, Newfoundland courthouse ; 22 November 2017: 09:30 am, Pre-Sentence Report, Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse; 11 September 2017: 09:30 am, “Adjourned for Election and/or Plea,” Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse ; 28 August 2017: 09:30 am, “Adjourned for Election and/or Plea,” Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse; 17 July 2017: 09:30 am, “Adjourned for Election and/or Plea,” Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse ; 05 June 2017: 09:30 am, “Adjourned for Election and/or Plea,” Stephenville Newfoundland courthouse
Bishops of Diocese of St. George’s Diocese/Corner-Brook Labrador Newfoundland from time Father George A. Smith was ordained to present: Michael O’Reilly (05 July 1941 – 22 December 1969 ); Richard Thomas McGrath (o1 June 1970 – 17 June 1985 ); Raymond John Lahey (o5 July 1986 – 05 April 2003 – now defrocked/laicised after 2011 guilty plea to child porn charges ); David Douglas Crosby, O.M.I. (06 August 2003 – 24 September 2010 – now Bishop of Hamilton, Ontario); Peter Joseph Hundt (o1 Mar 2011 – )
Bishop of Charlottetown P.E.I. Diocese from around the time Father George A. Smith arrived in / was ‘recycled’ to the diocese in the early 90s: James Hector MacDonald, C.S.C. (12 August 1982 – 02 February 1991 appointed, Archbishop of Saint John’s, Newfoundland); Joseph Vernon Fougère (11 December 1991 – 11 July 2009 ); Richard John Grecco (11 July 2009 – )
Legal (L), media (M)
11 September 2017: GUILTY plea
June (?) 2017: new charges laid
July 2016: granted full parole (M)
December 2015: released to community residential facility for a six month period of day parole
March 2013: Sentenced to 11 years
guilty plea to 41 charges.
February 2o13: GUILTY plea to 41 sex-related offences. In jail for more than a year.
23 February 2012: more charges. Consented to being held in custody pending outcome (M)
– charged with 72 offences
14 December 2011: arrested, charged and and released from custody (M)
25 May 2010: St. Malachy’s Church in Kinkora, P.E.I.
– charged with 72 sex offences against young boys between 1969 and 1989. The charges included those of gross indecency, indecent assault and unlawful assault with intent to commit an indictable offence.
– Thirty of the charges were withdrawn by the Crown
14 May 2010: Bishop Richard Grecco, Bishop of the Diocese of Charlottown PEI. received call from Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador about abuse allegations that while Smith served in Deer Lake between 1986 and 1991. (M)
2009: came out of retirement to position as Administrator at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Kinkora and Administrator St. Peter’s in Seven Mile Bay PEI. (M)
– according to media served in several Island parishes, including St. Pius X in Parkdale, Holy Family/St. Mary’s in Kensington, St. Theresa The Little Flower in Morell and St. Dunstan’s in Charlottetown.
1994: serving in PEI.
1992: According to the agreed statement of facts, in 1992 Smith was treated for alcohol abuse and his attraction to young boys
1986-1991: Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Deer Lake, Newfoundland. (M)
late 1990’s (?) : victim told priest in diocese about the abuse. The bishop pf the day, Bishop Raymond Lahey was informed. According to the Bishop Douglas Crosby, there was one allegation of inappropriate touching (M) At the time Crosby said that if the victim wants police involved he, the victim, can go to the himself.
sexually abusing boys while in Deer Lake (M)
1984- 1986: Sexually abusing boys in area of Cape St. George, Newfoundland (M)
1976-1980: Sexually abusing boys at or near St. Fintan’s, Newfoundland (M)
1974: Sexually abusing boy at or near Joggins (L)
4th day of April, A.D., 1974 and the 21st day of April, A.D., 1974: Sexually abusing boy at r near the City of Moncton (L)
1971: abusing boys in Stephenville, Corner Brook, Port aux Basque and Port Sanders, Newfoundland
1968: Sexually abusing boy at or near Joggins (L) (L)
Media Coverage and BLOGS
12 December 2017: BLOG He was defrocked in 2014
07 December 2017: BLOG Several things of note
3 November 2017: BLOG A difficult few days
12 September 2017: BLOG More “good” news…
24 July 2017: BLOG Betrayed!
17 July 2017: BLOG Was it financial “impropriety”?
13 July 2016: BLOG What a sham
13 July 2016: Retired priest George Ansel Smith granted full parole
12 December 2015: BLOG Is this justice?
11 December 2015: Retired priest granted day parole
29 September 2015: BLOG The latest….
14 March 2013: BLOG 11 years!!
14 March 2013: BLOG 11 years!!
14 March 2013: Retired priest given 11-year sentence for sexual abuse
13 March 2013: BLOG Let justice be done
12 March 2013: B:OG Reminder
27 February 2013: UPDATE: A cross too much to bear
27 February 2013: George Ansel Smith’s victims relay impact of sexual assaults
27 February 2013: Victim forgives disgraced priest for abuse
2016 February 2013: BLOG Happy Hands …..Hanna????
17 February 2013: BLOG Another read it and weep
16 February 2013: Some victims to attend Smith sentencing
05 February 2013: BLOG Another guilty plea
23 January 2013: BLOG And there you go…
22 January 2013: BLOG Unexpected turns of events
22 January 2013: BLOG Reinventing the wheel?
02 October 2012: BLOG Ordered to appear
10 September 2012: BLOG Well done!
06 May 2012: BLOG The lies
09 April 2012: BLOG More scandal…
04 March 2010: BLOGS Tears
23 February 2012″ BLOG In Canada!
23 February 2012: BLOG “to enter a plea”
23 February 2012: BLOG Contact police
16 February 2012: BLOG I highly doubt there will be an indictment filed
14 December 2011: BLOG Arrested
22 March 2011: BLOG Was an internal investigation conducted?
23 August 2010: BLOG Hopefully, time will tell
14 August 2010: BLOG No response
31 May 2010: Chaisson replaces suspended Kinkora priest
29 May 2012: BLOG Strange
28 May 2016: BLOG Lots of tap dancing already
27 May 2010: Church RCMP disagree over filing charges
27 May 2010: No allegations against PEI priest brought to police
26 May 2010: Priest allegations reported years ago: Bishop
Onus on Church to report abuse charges: RCMP
26 May 2010
By Charles Lewis
The removal of a P.E.I. priest over allegations of abuse have raised police concerns about not being informed by Catholic Church authorities, and triggered questions about the Church investigating serious charges on its own.
“We have not been contacted in any way shape or form by Church officials or anyone to make a complaint about the allegations against (this priest),” said RCMP Sgt. Jacques Morneau of the Deer Lake, N.L., detachment. “All we know is what we’re hearing from the media. But if this was serious enough to suspend him we would expect to be contacted.”
Rev. George Smith, a parish priest in P.E.I., was removed from his duties after Richard Grecco, the Bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown, received a call from the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador on May 14 about abuse allegations that allegedly occurred while Smith served in Deer Lake between 1986 and 1991.
Grecco told the CBC this week that he did not inquire into the nature of the allegations but followed the diocese’s protocol and removed the priest from his work immediately. He did not know whether police were involved.
“Within 24 hours I had written a letter to Father George telling him about this,” Bishop Grecco told the CBC. “That Sunday afternoon that letter was delivered to him. The allegation obviously is from many years ago. The allegation originates in and pertains to the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, not to the Diocese of Charlottetown.”
Morneau wondered what the Church will do with the allegations if they do not come to the police. The RCMP would only launch an investigation once a complaint is received, he added.
“I don’t think the Church is equipped to deal with these situations,” Morneau said. “The onus is on them to report these things. If it’s illegal and immoral, they have to report this.”
He said abuse allegations should not be considered internal business, adding that the Church would not have the investigative experience to carry out a thorough investigation.
“We are all bound by the Criminal Code — and if someone came forward and made an allegation, and they’re aware of the (potential) criminal offence, they should report it.
“They should involve us just to clarify things,” Morneau added. “The uncertainty causes more panic. And it’s even unfair to the priest.”
Calls to the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador were not immediately returned.
Church officials in P.E.I. were not available for comment. Other dioceses — including St. John’s, Edmonton and Toronto, for example — will immediately inform children’s aid authorities or police within an hour of an allegation of abuse against a child. But adult complainants bringing up allegations of abuse from the past must go to the police on their own.
Neil MacCarthy, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto, said the Church will still do its own investigation even if the police are not involved, but said all complainants are urged to go to the police. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vancouver said any allegation against a child, whether current or historical, is referred immediately to outside authorities.
“If the allegations relate to abuse of a child we report them to the ministry and the police — this is true whether the allegations are made when the victim is a child or later when the victim is an adult. It is only in cases where the abuse occurs between two adults that we have no legal obligation to report.”
Catholic priest suspended after abuse alleged
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 8:07 PM AT
A Roman Catholic priest on P.E.I. has been removed from his duties over an allegation of abuse stemming from his time serving in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rev. George Smith was working at St. Malachy’s Church in Kinkora, P.E.I.
Bishop Richard Grecco told CBC News on Tuesday that on May 14 he received a call from the diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador informing him that an allegation of abuse had been received about Smith.
Smith served in Deer Lake, N.L., from 1986-91 and went to P.E.I. in 1994.
“I did not inquire [into] the nature of the allegations because the protocol and the procedure is quite clear. As soon as an allegation is made, we have to move this person from his work,” said Grecco.
“Within 24 hours I had written a letter to Father George telling him about this. That Sunday afternoon that letter was delivered to him. The allegation obviously is from many years ago. The allegation originates in and pertains to the diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, not to the diocese of Charlottetown.”
Grecco said he was told Smith was quite distraught about the allegation, but he understood that once a complaint of abuse is made a priest must leave the parish. He said he was praying the allegation was not true.
“Everybody in their life has experienced darkness and discouragement. Of course, I feel discouraged. These are dark times,” Grecco said.
Grecco said that as bishop he is shocked, sad and heartbroken about the news. He does not know if the police are involved at this point.
Parishioners were given the news Sunday. Ramona Roberts was in St. Malachy’s Church when the bishop’s letter was read out.
“Some were brought to tears, honestly, because it was that much of a shock. It was the total opposite of anything you would have anticipated hearing in a Sunday mass,” she said.
Roberts said many parishioners had been hoping Smith would be made the parish’s permanent priest.
Smith is now visiting friends out of province. Several retired priests will be working in the parish until a new priest is appointed next week.