Armand Beaupre (Father Armand Beaupre)
priest, Diocese of St. Paul, Alberta. Ordained 1960. GUILTY 1991 – sex abuse of young male parishioner. Sentenced 15 months jail and 3 years probation. In 1997 was saying Masses in Archdiocese of Quebec, Quebec.
Bishops of Diocese of St. Paul, Alberta from time of Beaupre’s ordination to present: Philip Lussier, C.SS.R. (June 1952 – August 1968) ; Edouard Gagnon P.S.S. (February 1969 – 3 May 1972 -later Cardinal Gagnon); Raymond Roy (May 1972 – June 1997) ; Thomas Christopher Collins( June 1997 – February 1999 Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta); Joseph Luc André Bouchard (September 2001 – )
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories which I have on hand. The date corresponds to the date of that particular CCCD.
2011, 2010: address is an apartment on av. de la Villa Saint Vincent in Quebec city, Quebec
2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995: 483, rue Hermine, Quebec, PQ, G1K 1Z4 (Maurice Couture sv, Archbishop of Quebec Archdiocese) (this is the same address he had when he was listed a student in 1973-74 CCCD. What is at this address?)
1997: not supposed to be doing parish work but Ottawa Sun reporter discovered he was offering Masses at a Quebec City church
1994: address for Diocese of St. Paul Alberta Diocesan Centre (CCCD)
1993: Main C.P. 538, Edmonton, Alberta, phone 403-497-7649 (CCCD)
1986: Treatment centre in Ontario (M)
1985-86: St. Emile RC Church, Legal, Alberta (CCCD)
1976: sex abuse of young 14-year-old boy began and continued for four years
1973-74: 483, rue Hermine, Quebec (listed as student. This is the address listed in the index) (CCCD)
1971-72: Pastor at St. Joseph in Whitecourt, with missions at St. Luke in Blue Ridge, Our Lady of the Cape in Connor Creek and St. Mark in Greencourt, Alberta (CCCD)
1968-69: address in index is Morinville, Alberta. (Pastor at St. John the Baptist in Morinville – Father G. H. Primeau) (CCCD)
1967 : assisting at Conversion of St. Paul Cathedral, St. Paul, Alberta (Rector at the cathedral was Father Fernard Croteau)- (CCCD)
March 1, 1991 15.26 EST
A Roman Catholic priest from northern Alberta has been sentenced to 15 months in jail and three years probation for the indecent assault of a young male parishioner.
Rev. Armand Beaupre, 59, was found guilty in December of indecent assault and gross indecency for acts committed between 1976 and 1983, which began when the victim was 14 years old. He was sentenced Friday.
In a statement after his conviction in Court of Queen’s Bench, Beaupre apologized for any suffering he had caused.
“Morally I have sinned, and legally I have pleaded not guilty, but your honor, I submit to your legal judgment,” Beaupre said in broken English before he began to tremble and weep silently. “If this young man is suffering because of me, I’m sad.”
Justice T. W. Gallant said Beaupre offered betrayal instead of the spiritual leadership he was entrusted with when he molested the youth in a northern Alberta parish.
Gallant said Beaupre “desecrated” the Cold Lake Mission when he used it for sexual liaisons.
The victim, now 29, testified at a trial in November the abuse began after he sought refuge at Beaupre’s rectory on an Indian reserve to escape an alcoholic family.
“I could rely on Father Beaupre to come and pick me up and talk to me and support me when I had difficulties with my family,” he said.
Beaupre, who was sent to a treatment centre in Ontario by his bishop in 1986, was relieved of his post when charges were laid in January 1990.
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December 19, 1990 23.21 EST
A priest offered betrayal instead of the spiritual leadership he was entrusted with when he molested a youth in his northern Alberta parish, a judge says.
Rev. Armand Beaupre “desecrated” the Cold Lake Mission between 1976 and 1983 when he used it for his sexual liaisons with the youth, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice T. W. Gallant said Wednesday.
Gallant found the man guilty of indecent assault and gross indecency. Beaupre, 59, will be sentenced Feb. 8.
“It is trite to say that these types of offences usually occur in private when only the two persons involved are present, so the fact-finder should exercise caution, and I have,” said the judge.
But Gallant said he couldn’t accept the priest’s claim that the sexual relationship began when the young man was 19.
The fact that the priest admitted to a relationship at all corroborated much of the young man’s evidence, the judge noted.
The judge said he also kept in mind that Beaupre, as spiritual leader, had power over his parishioners. “He was a mature male, while the complainant was his dependent subject.”
Last month at a day-long trial in the northern Alberta community of St. Paul, the young man testified that the abuse began when he was about 14. Eager to escape an alcoholic family, the teenager frequently sought refuge at Beaupre’s rectory on an Indian reserve, as did other children.
RELY ON BEAUPRE
“I could rely on Father Beaupre to come and pick me up and talk to me and support me when I had difficulties with my family,” the young man, who is now 28, had testified.
In the summer of 1977, Beaupre arrived at the youth’s bed, climbed in and began kissing him. Over the years, the sexual acts progressed to petting and masturbation, court heard.
Although the young man said he and the priest had anal intercourse on one occasion, the judge said he wasn’t satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that this had occurred. He found Beaupre not guilty of a third charge of buggery.
Beaupre was relieved of his post when charges were laid last January. Outside court, the young man, who is now married and works at an Edmonton counselling service, said the guilty verdict was a relief.
He recalled not being believed when he first told his Grade 8 teacher. “I’d like to let all the kids know that they don’t need to be scared.”
Beaupre was sent to an Ontario treatment centre by his bishop in 1986.
The victim said Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry “so they wouldn’t have to satisfy their desires on helpless young people …”
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February 10, 1990 01.16 EST
National general news
ST. PAUL, Alta. (CP)
A third Roman Catholic priest in the St. Paul diocese has been charged with sexual assault.
Rev. Armand Beaupre, 59, has been charged with one count each of indecent assault and gross indecency. The charges were alleged to involve a teenaged boy.
Beaupre had not been served with a summons Friday and was believed to be staying in the Edmonton area. He will be served within the next few days and is to appear March 14 in court in Grand Centre, Alta.
RCMP said the charges stem from incidents while Beaupre was a priest at the Cold Lake Mission from 1976 to 1983.
Beaupre is the third priest from the St. Paul diocese to be charged with sexual offences and the fourth in Alberta in the last two years.
Rev. Antoine Tetu received a two‑year sentence after pleading guilty last year to sexually assaulting children in Fort Kent,
Alta. Rev. Fernand Croteau has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault of children in the St. Paul area dating back to the
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