Ian Cooper (Father Ian Cooper)
Irish-born priest. Ordained 1958. Came to Canada immediately after ordination – incardinated in Diocese of Nelson, British Columbia. CONVICTED 1993 charges included sex abuse of boys and girls – he sodomised a boy of 7 or 8 several times. Sent for rehab in New Mexico and England – deemed a continuing risk to society. Sentenced to 4 years. Moved to Ottawa Ontario at some point after his conviction and lived with the Oblate Community whom he assisted in caring for the elderly. Died November 2008.
24 January 1994: R. v. Ian Cooper (this suit was settled)
24 November 2008: died in Ottawa, Ontario. Obituary on Whelan Funeral Home website:
COOPER, Father Ian
Fr. Ian Cooper, Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Nelson, BC. Peacefully at the Villa Marconi Residence on November 24, 2008 in his 76th year. Fr. Ian was born in Ireland and ordained a priest in 1958. He served many years, in several parishes, in the interior of British Columbia. After his retirement he came to Ottawa and lived with the Oblate Community where he assisted in the care of the elderly until he suffered a severe stroke. Besides his Oblate friends, Fr. Ian is survived by two sisters – Sr. Penny, a Franciscan Misssionary; Caroline (Andy) of England and their children Sarah, Kathleen, Caroline and Andrew; two brothers – Greg (Jill) and Willy. Special thanks to the staff of Villa Marconi and to Cleo Harvey and Joseph Bones who were faithful companions to Fr. Ian during his lengthy illness. Visitation on Tuesday evening at Canadian Martyrs Church, 100 Main Street, from 7 until 9 PM, and on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 from 9 am until celebration of Eucharist at 11:30 AM. Burial will follow at the St Theresa of Gallalee Oblate Cemetery, Arnprior, ON at 2:30 PM..
24 November 2008: Died
The death has occurred of Fr. Ian COOPER of Canada, son of the late William and Josephine Cooper, Corbally, Limerick
In Ottawa, Canada. Funeral and Mass on November 26 in Ottawa.
Date published: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Date of death: Monday, November 24, 2008
1995: not listed in Canadian Catholic Church directory
1994: address s/a Nelson Diocese diocesan Centre
appeal if sentence denied by Supreme Court of British Columbia (L)
September 1993: CONVICTED. Sentenced to four years in jil
1990: allegations of sex abuse
1985: St. Mary Parish, Cranbrook, B.C. and mission in Fort Steele
1973-74: St. Rita’s Parish, Fruitvale, B.C.
1971-72: St. Ann’s Parish, Osoyoos, B.C.
1963-64: Osoyoos, BC (molested at least one child)
1960-1963: Nakusp, BC (molesting children)
1958-1960: Kelowna, BC (molesting children)
1958: ORDAINED in Ireland. Came to Canada
1933: Born in Limerick, Ireland
The Toronto Star
21 September 1993
NELSON, B.C. (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison for sex-related offences against children. Fifteen offences involving Ian Cooper, 60, date back to a period from 1959 to 1964 in the B.C. communities of Nakusp, Osoyoos and Kelowna.
2nd chance for priest: Rehab plan for offender
The Vancouver Province
23 June 1993
NELSON – A Roman Catholic church order that rehabilitates wayward priests says it will take Father Ian Cooper for a second time.
“If you came back we’d start again from square one,” Benedict Livingstone, a member of the Servants of the Paraclete in Stroud, England, told Cooper’s sentencing hearing in B.C. Supreme Court here yesterday.
Cooper had earlier pleaded guilty
to 14 counts of indecent assault
and was of one count of buggery
and one count of sexual assault.
The Servants of the Paraclete runs programs in England and New Mexico for priests who are sexual offenders and chemical abusers. Cooper attended both programs.
Because Cooper denied sodomy at his trial, Crown counsel Dana Urban asked Livingstone what he would do differently this time.
“We’d have to make a determination if there was an error in reality,” he replied. “We’d have to terminate treatment if we thought he was not telling the truth.
“We’d confront the accused with evidence from his trial.”
Forensic psychiatrist Shaberhan Lorhasbe told the court that Cooper – like a person involved in sado-masochistic fantasy – cannot be treated until he stops denying and distorting the facts.
“Despite that Mr. Cooper had the benefit of the treatment programs, he did not even reach what many consider an initial step – full responsibility for one’s actions,” Lorhasbe said.
The hearing was adjourned until Sept. 13 to allow defence lawyer Richard Peck to call psychiatric evidence.
Priest has told truth: lawyer
The Vancouver Province
11 June 1993
NELSON – A priest accused of sexually touching children has told the truth and withstood cross-examination, his lawyer told a court here yesterday.
Father Ian Cooper “came before this court and entered pleas of guilty to 14 counts,” Richard Peck told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Raymond Cooper.
“He spent the better part of 3 1/2 hours under rigorous cross examination and he withstood that test.
“That was his confessional on this day in this court.”
Cooper is on trial for one count of buggery and three counts of indecent assault involving alleged sexual touching of three boys and one girl.
He has pleaded guilty to spanking 13 kids on their bare bottoms in Nakusp, Kelowna and Osoyoos 30 years ago.
During the trial, he admitted to fantasizing sexually about the children he punished, but denied touching the children sexually.
Crown prosecutor Dana Urban said Cooper has been using the sacrament of confession to “take his one-way ticket to hell and substitute a one way ticket to heaven” for 30 years.
“He promised obedience to God. And he broke that promise many, many times to satisfy his sexual urges,” Urban said.
Peck told the judge the evidence given at a preliminary hearing by a woman in her 40s about allegations of abuse from when she was eight or nine is inconsistent.
But Urban said the details were not as important as the crime.
The judge will deliver his verdict today.
Priest confesses sex fantasies
The Vancouver Province
10 June 1993
NELSON – He punished the children, then he had sexual fantasies about them.
But even a rosary in his hand couldn’t help Father Ian Cooper beat the sexual urges, the 60-year-old priest told a B.C. Supreme Court judge at his trial here yesterday.
“At night when I would go back over events, my imagination would dwell on the particular child that had been punished and aroused me to sexual masturbation,” Cooper testified.
Cooper, on leave from Cranbrook since 1991, has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault from 1959 to 1965 in Nakusp, Osoyoos and Kelowna where he served as a priest.
He spanked 13 kids with their pants down on his bed for mistakes like spilling the wine or forgetting a line in Latin. Once he had a child spank him.
But he has pleaded not guilty to one count of buggery and three counts of indecent assault.
When they heard of the spankings in 1963, Nakusp parents sent a petition to Bishop Emmett Doyle demanding Cooper be removed.
“Doyle called me in and said he was taking the parish from me,” Cooper testified. “He said I would have to look at some counselling.”
During the four-month counselling in Spokane, Cooper said he was able to shift his fantasies about children to adult females. “I deliberately set out to move away from children and picked up pornographic magazines,” he told the court.
He was transferred to Osoyoos where parents complained about his spankings in 1970. He was moved to Fruitvale, Westbank and Cranbrook.
In Cranbrook he became an alcoholic and began writing “naughty boy” stories, he said.
“Bend over the desk and wait for me . . . I will come and tie your legs to the legs of the desk . . . and mark target areas on your back and buttocks to be spanked . . .” read one story.
Cooper was sent to an intensive program for priests in New Mexico in 1990, and later to England.
“I went for treatment in relation to my drinking, sense of isolation, loneliness and sexual fantasies,” he told the court.
The trial continues.
Priest admits to beatings, not buggery
The Vancouver Sun
09 June 1993
A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in Nelson to 14 counts of molesting young children.
The lawyer for Father Ian Cooper said his client admits to spanking the bare bottoms of young Catholics while serving at parishes in Nakusp, Osoyoos and Westbank during the 1960s.
However, Cooper, 61, pleaded not guilty to one count of buggery and another count of indecent assault involving children between ages seven and 14.
The trial involves the two remaining charges.
A witness testified Tuesday that Cooper committed buggery on him in the Nakusp Catholic church on 10 occasions when he was about nine-years-old.
Another witness testified Tuesday that Cooper committed buggery on him on one occasion.
A third witness said Cooper once touched his testicles.
Priest to stand trial for alleged sexual assaults
The Vancouver Sun
31 August 1992
NELSON – A Roman Catholic priest has been committed to stand trial in this southeastern B.C. community on 16 counts of sexual assault.
Ian Cooper was charged with offences allegedly involving young males and females between 1960 and 1990.
The incidents were alleged to have occurred while Cooper acted as priest in the communities of Osoyoos, Westbank and Nakusp.
Cooper left Canada for England after charges were laid in 1991, but returned last January and surrendered to police.
Priest faces 7 more charges
The Vancouver Province
01 September 1991
Cranbrook Roman Catholic priest Ian Cooper, who faced eight sex charges, has been charged with seven more.
The charges against Cooper, 59, date from the early 1960s and include indecent assault and gross indecency involving 13 boys and girls. Cooper is thought to be in England.