26 August 2011
Boudreau leaves courtFormer Catholic priest James Boudreau gets into his lawyer’s car outside Guelph’s provincial courthouse Friday. Boudreau is charged with sexual assault dating back to the 1980s.
Scott Tracey/Guelph Mercury
GUELPH — A former Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting two young men in the 1980s made a brief appearance in Guelph court Friday.
James Boudreau, 68, was in court with his lawyer, Roger Yachetti, who had a pretrial conference with a Crown prosecutor and Justice Gary Hearn. The case was adjourned until Nov. 30 for a continuation of the pretrial.
Boudreau, dressed in khaki pants and a blue golf shirt, made no comments during the court appearance. He left the courthouse in Yachetti’s car.
Boudreau served as pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on Victoria Road North, from 1978 through 1985. He then worked at six other Ontario churches before retiring more than a year ago.
He was arrested by Guelph Police in January and charged with sexually assaulting a former parish member in 1984.
After news of the charge was publicized, a second alleged victim came forward alleging he, too, was assaulted in 1983.
Boudreau, who now resides in Hamilton, was quickly released on bail on both charges.