Hamilton ex-priest faces second sex charge

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thespec.com (Hamilton Spectator)

02 March 2011

GUELPH A former Hamilton Catholic priest now faces a second sexual-assault.

Guelph police arrested and charged James (Jim) Boudreau, 67, Monday following investigation into an allegation dating back to 1983. He was granted bail in a Guelph courtroom Tuesday.

Boudreau now faces two counts of assault. He was charged Jan. 12 with sexual assault in connection with an alleged incident in 1984

Guelph police say they have complainants on each charge. The second complainant came forward recently

The former priest wore blue jeans, a green casual shirt and a black leather jacket Tuesday as he stood before a justice of the peace.

Boudreau was granted bail on a $5,000 surety.

He was released on his own recognizance with the requirement he live in his Hamilton apartment and have no contact with the complainants. He also must refrain from being in the company of youths under the age of 18, except in the presence of another adult.

Boudreau, who returns to court March 15, left the court via a side door to get into a waiting black sedan and was driven away.

Monsignor Vincent Kerr, Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton said Boudreau was ordained in the United States into the Barnabite Catholic order in 1978. He was pastor of Guelph’s St. John the Baptist church from 1978 to 1985.

He remained there until 1985, when he was sent to St. James Roman Catholic Church in Oakville, where he stayed until 1989.

From 1989 to 1996, Boudreau worked at Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Stoney Creek, where he became a full pastor.

He was a pastor at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church in Burlington from 1996 to 2002, St. John’s Catholic Church in Kitchener from 2002 to 2009 and, finally, at Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton in 2009.

He retired in December 2009, Kerr said.

The diocese sent out a letter to all the affected parishes after the first charge was laid and has made it clear to police it will co-operate with the investigation.

The Guelph Mercury

With files from The Hamilton Spectator

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