Former Quebec City deacon gets 7 years for sex assault of boys, men

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The Ottawa Sun

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Herman Cassista
Herman Cassista. (Stevens LeBlanc/QMI Agency)

QUEBEC CITY — A judge in Quebec City sentenced a former deacon to seven years in prison this week after the accused pleaded guilty in 2012 to 16 counts of sexually assaulting nine men and boys between the ages of nine and 28.

The sexual assaults took place between 1972 and 1991 when Herman Cassista, 69, worked at a school in the Quebec City area. He preyed on students, some of whom were at-risk youth placed into his supervision by the province’s child welfare service.

Cassista was sentenced to one year in jail in 2011 for sexual assault on a minor. The subsequent media attention influenced other victims to come forward.

The judge denounced the fact that a high-level Catholic clergy official, informed of Cassista’s crimes, tried to settle the case privately and get two victims to drop the charges. One of those victims then committed suicide.

Quebec City’s Catholic diocese said in a news release that it has “deep sorrow” for the victims and the families of victims.

5 Responses to Former Quebec City deacon gets 7 years for sex assault of boys, men

  1. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Here comes my cynical side – so they have “deep sorrow’ for the families and victims, eh?
    Pretty sick when their “deep sorrow’ comes out after their pathetic and failed attempt to sweep it all under the rug. I feel ill………………… Mike.

  2. PJ says:

    The “deep sorrow” is because the pervert collars and that church were caught…the apology is an insult to the victims of abuse by “them” because it is not genuine. If they were truly sorrow they would immediately defrock the collar and not fight litigation tooth and nail.

  3. MS says:

    I agree Mike and PJ. The apology is shallow. It sets a precedent too, that you can sexually abuse minors, keep it secret as long as you can, if you get caught, apologize, and still be protected and retain your credibility. What a system! True repentance brings with it true change.

  4. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    PJ and all;
    I have tried so hard this last while (at the urging of some wonderful people) to reclaim at least a part of the faith that I was entrenched in for 40 some years. Apart from any civil or criminal proceedings, I am trying to look at this matter in a spiritual sense, and it is becoming increasingly difficult.
    I fear it may be gone forever. I am not saying this as a way to garner sympathy, attention, or responses.
    What is “coming out in the wash” so to speak, is vile, loathsome and unhuman! This is the ULTIMATE breach of trust! It doesn’t get any worse. I had made comments on this site a couple of years ago (in anger) about my feelings regarding good and evil. my anger is mostly gone now, but my sentiments are stronger than ever.
    If I were Satan, what better way to ruin the souls of this world, than to infiltrate the “Chair of Peter” in Rome, and let the Vatican do my dirty work for me.
    I will make no apology any more for my feelings. That’s it in a nutshell. Mike.

  5. PJ says:

    Mike F: You are at the place I was at a few years ago. My faith in that church left when it became clear they were more interested in protecting their pervert collars and their bank accounts rather than do what Jesus would want them to do…suffer unto me the little children. That church right up to “raccoon eyes” should be worried…after all, they caused this problem, only they can fix it.

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