Wayne Gerard Dohey
Priest, Diocese of St. John’s Newfoundland. Ordained 1987. 2001 sex abuse allegations reported to Archbishop Brendan O’Brien – Father Dohey sent for counselling and then recycled back into parishes. 2007 charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation in relation to the 2001 allegations. Charges dismissed after preliminary hearing by judge who did not believe that Father Dohey had a relationship of trust with the victim. Father Dohey is currently in active ministry in the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
07 March 2014: News release from Archdiocese of St. John’s that Father Wayne Dohey has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation . The nature of the allegations and who exactly (police or archdiocese?) is conducting the investigation is unknown
10 March 2014: Complaint against priest Wayne Dohey filed with RNC
Archbishops of the Archdiocese of St. John’s Newfoundland form time of Father Gerard Dohey’s ordination to the present: Alphonsus Penney (April 1979-February 1991); James MacDonald (February 1991-December 200o); Brendan O’Brien (December 2000 – June 2007); Martin Currie (October 2007- )
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have available, and media (M)
2017: address for t. John the Baptist Basilica (CCCD)
May 2014: police will not lay charges in relation to allegations of March 2014 (M)
March 2014: further allegations unrelated to previous allegations – Father Dohey suspended. (M)
2013: Pastor at St. Patrick’s Parish, St. John’s Newfoundland (Message on St Patrick’s website)
2013: Member of the Archdiocesan Board of Administrators (External link)
2012: listed as Pastor at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s, Newfoundland AND Pastor at Saint John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s (Shea Heights), Newfoundland (CCCD)
Secretary for Presbyteral Executive Committee (external link)
PRESBYTERAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Most Reverend Martin W. Currie, D.D.
Reverend Patrick Power, Chairperson
Reverend Jeffery Kolonel, Vice-Chair
Reverend Wayne Dohey, Secretary
Ms. Anne Walsh – Recording Secretary
2011: listed as Pastor at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s, Newfoundland AND Pastor at Saint John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s, Newfoundland (CCCD)
2010: address and phone number for Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s, Newfoundland (Pastor, Father Msgr. James Doody) (CCCD)
March 2007: Charged (M) – suspended from pastoral duties (M)
Fall 2006: Assigned to serve in churches in the Placentia region of the St. John’s Archdiocese (M) According to media report, Archbishop O’Brien said “churches” in both Placentia, and Belle Island were told about the complaint [which was received by the archdiocese and never made public] (M)
July 2006: Administrator, St. Michael’s Parish, Bell Island, Newfoundland (External link)
July 2005: St. Michael’s Parish, Bell Island, Newfoundland (External link) Excerpt:
Greetings from St. Michael’s Parish:
The school year is complete and the excited kids and youth begin a few months pf relaxation/ For families and adults, it is time to take a vacation or to immerse themselves into the work that must be competed around Home and other properties.
It is also time to get ready for the Home Coming celebrations……
Father Wayne Doherty
2005: according to the complainant a sexual ‘relationship’ continued until 2005 (M)
– After couselling Father Dohey was assigned to serve at Belle Island (M)
– Father Dohey was sent for couselling (m)
2002: address for the diocesan centre (CCCD)
2001: Allegations of sex abuse reported to then Archbishop of St. John’s. Brendan O’Brien. The Archbishop alleges the complainant did not want to go to police. The Archbishop also alleged that counselling was offered to both the complainant and Father Dohey (M) The complainant disputes the diocese’s claim that she did not want to go to police (M)
2000, 1999: Pastor, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Marystown, Newfoundland (CCCD)
– no longer listed as member of diocesan Vocation Team (with Father James Doody) (CCCD)
1998, 1997: Pastor, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Marystown, Newfoundland (CCCD)
– only priest listed as member of the diocesan “Vocation Team” (CCCD)
1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992: St. Thomas Aquainas Parish, St. Lawrence, Newfoundland (CCCD)
– member of the diocesan “Vocation Team” (CCCD)
1991: Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Rushoon, Placentia Bay (CCCD)
1987: ORDAINED (CCCD)
‘Give me a polygraph’
Accuser angry about Father Dohey’s discharge
The St. John’s Telegram
Geoff Meeker Blog
30 November 2007
Father Wayne Dohey’s accuser is angry about the dismissal of charges against the Roman Catholic priest.
Dohey was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual exploitation, for incidents that allegedly happened between 1996 and 2000. He was placed on administrative duties until the case had been tried.
I actually interviewed the victim, who I will call Justine (her identity is protected by court order) in May of this year. During our 90-minute interview, I found her to be credible and believable. So did a reporter with the CBC, the Marystown RCMP and the Crown prosecutor.
However, the judge did not find her as credible. And because there is a ban on the publication of evidence related to the trial, I cannot tell you a lot more than that. However, I can talk about some of the fundamental points in Judge Harold Porter’s decision.
And frankly, there is cause for concern.
According to the Library of Parliament, Canada’s legal age of consent to sexual activity is 14 years, which is when Justine alleges the abuse began. However, the law “also makes it an offence for an adult to have any such contact with boys and girls over 14 but under 18, where a relationship of trust or authority exists between the adult and child.”
Outside of the usual authority that comes with being a priest in a small community, which is substantial in itself, Justine alleges that there was a relationship of trust and authority between her and Dohey. She says she was assigned to the Catholic Church in Marystown, after being sentenced to community service for drinking under age, and placed in the supervision of Father Dohey. However, the judge did not view this as a position of trust.
“Here, while the accused was the clergy for the complainant’s mother, he was not in a priest-penitent relationship with the complainant,” the judge writes in his decision.
However, Justine feels it was “quite obvious” that she was in a relationship of trust with Dohey.
“Not that I should have to explain this, but I had been going to this church for years before this, even before Wayne came to Marystown. There are cases where people go to a different faith church and never change religions. Does this mean the priest/pastor etc. is not really theirs?
“He (the judge) must have forgotten the fact that the reason I was in the presence alone with Wayne to begin with was because he was my mentor/supervisor’ when I had been assigned to do community service. Is this not a position of authority/trust? Judge Porter did not acknowledge Father Dohey’s position of trust and authority at any point in his decision.”
“(Judge) Porter stated that I gave no evidence of lack of consent… the evidence is that I was a scared, intimidated, impressionable 14 year old and he was a Roman Catholic priest and the adult in this situation.”
This issue of consent is just part of the decision, of course. The judge also maintains that Justine’s testimony is contradictory and unreliable a contention that Justine finds astonishing. In fact, she has written a five-page letter that rebuts, with anger and indignation, all of the reasons behind the judge’s decision. However, I cannot reproduce much of it because it relates to evidence that is banned from publication.
Having worked at The Sunday Express when we broke the Mount Cashel scandal, I will say this: I do not agree with the judge’s view that certain alleged behaviors of the accused are “difficult to believe”. I found them to be quite believable and within the realm of possibility, even for a priest.
As well, the judge places considerable emphasis on the fact that Justine denied the assaults when approached by the police some years earlier, in response to rumours’ they had heard.
“Anyone who is educated in the area of sexual assault/abuse is familiar with the pressure, fear and embarrassment victims and their families experience at the thought of the abuse being exposed,” Justine says. “A prime example of this are the many victims of Mount Cashel. Many of them waited years and years before exposing their abusers some never do. It is something that one has to prepare for, psychologically. It is very troublesome to know that judge Porter does not acknowledge the psychological aspects of this case.”
The judge also states that no one reported the situation to police, though Justine challenges this view.
“My father consulted a lawyer in Marystown regarding his obligation to report it and was told because I was 18 years old, there was really nothing he could do unless I chose to do it myself.
“I had to visit my family doctor and explain this to him in order to get my exams deferred. He said the same thing. If you were not 18, I would have to report this to the police.’
“If this was so important… WHY DIDN’T THE BISHOP REPORT IT WHEN HE FOUND OUT? He stated on the news that he was not obligated because I was 18 when I approached them.”
Justine alleges that there are numerous inconsistencies between her testimony and the judge’s apparent understanding of the facts.
“It’s funny how, of all the people that I have told this to in detail, (Judge) Porter is the only one that doesn’t believe it. The (investigating) police (officer) told me he has never had so much strong evidence in a case, all the testimonys are like a book, all the same. (Corporal) Hall said that every statement I gave which was three to three different officers were exactly the same. Give me a polygraph test!”
According to Justine, the Crown Prosecutor told her and her family that the issue of an appeal will be addressed within two weeks of the judge’s decision.
As for Father Dohey, the Archdiocese says he will remain on leave pending a review of the judge’s decision. However, as the judge said, Dohey is now “free to go on about his business.”
Judge’s decision outrages complainant in priest case
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | 8:57 AM NT
A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a priest in southern Newfoundland expressed outrage with a judge’s determination that she is not credible.
Judge Harold Porter discharged Rev. Wayne Dohey in provincial court in Grand Bank court this month, saying there was not enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Wrapping up a preliminary inquiry, Porter concluded he did not believe the complainant, and that he did not believe a “reasonable jury could believe her” as well.
Dohey, 45, had been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
“I was disappointed, disgusted,” said the complainant. “[I] just couldn’t see how it was possible … This is, like, the biggest example of injustice that I have ever seen in my life.”
The woman, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, told police she and Dohey began having sex when she was 14.
The woman, now 25, maintains that what happened to her was a crime because Dohey, a Roman Catholic priest, was in a position of trust and authority.
But Porter disputed that, and in his decision wrote that Dohey “was a parish priest, but not the complainant’s, since she was in fact a member of a different faith.”
The woman, who was Anglican, began attending a Burin Peninsula Roman Catholic church long before Dohey became a parish priest there.
She said she cannot accept the judge’s finding.
“It blew me away,” said the woman. “I think if you are a priest, you are a priest.… It’s a position you hold 365 days a year — it just doesn’t matter.”
The woman maintained she had had a sexual relationship with Dohey over a five-year period, but that it was never consensual and that it continued because, she said, Dohey had control over her.
Porter said the complainant was not credible, because several years before she laid the complaint, she had denied to police that there was any sexual relationship.
In his decision, Porter cited case law that said a preliminary inquiry “does not require a judge to assess credibility.”
Alison Manning, the Crown prosecutor in Grand Bank, said she is evaluating Porter’s written decision.
Officials with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s have said the complainant came forward in 2001 and disclosed the relationship, but insisted at the time that she did not want to go to the police.
The church offered counselling at the time to the complainant and to Dohey.
Dohey remains on administrative leave, pending a review of Porter’s decision.
CBC News has not been able to contact Dohey.
Sex charges against priest dismissed
Last Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2007 | 4:34 PM NT
A judge in Newfoundland and Labrador has dismissed sex-related charges against a Roman Catholic priest.
Wayne Dohey, 45, was charged last year with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Criminal charges against Wayne Dohey, shown in a 1997 image, have been dismissed.
At a hearing Thursday in Grand Bank, provincial court Judge Harold Porter dismissed both charges.
The charges were laid after a woman in her 20s complained about alleged incidents that occurred when she was 14. At the time, Dohey was working as a parish priest on the Burin Peninsula.
Last winter, Brendan O’Brien, then the archbishop of St. John’s, said the woman had approached church officials in 2001, but did not at the time want to press criminal charges. O’Brien said counselling was offered to both the woman and to Dohey.
Dohey was placed on administrative leave after the charges were laid.
Rev. Frank Puddister, speaking on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, said Dohey will remain on leave, pending a review of Porter’s decision.
Puddister said the archdiocese was glad
Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault appears in NL court
20 August 2007
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) _ A Roman Catholic priest from Newfoundland charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation will be back in court today.
Wayne Dohey, 44, was charged with offences which allegedly occurred between 1996 and 2000 while he was parish priest in Marystown, N.L.
A preliminary inquiry is scheduled to begin today.
The accused has chosen to be tried by a Supreme Court judge and jury
Priest chooses jury trial on sex charges
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 | 3:41 PM NT
A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation has chosen to be tried by a Newfoundland Supreme Court judge and jury.
A lawyer for Wayne Dohey made that selection during a court appearance on Wednesday in Grand Bank. Dohey has pleaded not guilty.
Wayne Dohey, shown in a 1997 image, has elected trial by judge and jury.
A Burin Peninsula woman alleges Dohey, 44, sexually assaulted her when she was 14.
The woman has said the abuse continued until her early 20s. The RCMP said the incidents that led to the charges occurred between 1996 and 2000.
A preliminary inquiry is scheduled for Aug. 20, in Grand Bank.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s suspended Dohey in March, when he was charged. He had been working in Placentia.
Archbishop Brendan O’Brien said in March that church officials were approached by the woman in 2001, although at the time she did not want to press charges.
O’Brien said that counselling was offered to both the woman and to Dohey.
Moral duty to inform authorities over priest allegations: advocate
Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2007 | 8:09 AM NT
Officials with the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland and Labrador should have contacted authorities in 2001, when it heard allegations that one of its priests had had sex with a minor, says the former chair of child protection at Memorial University.
Kathleen Kufeldt does not agree with the church’s decision not to inform authorities about a young woman who said she had had sex with Rev. Wayne Dohey when she was a teenager.
Dohey, 44, was charged earlier this month of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. He has been suspended from duties as priest in Placentia.
The complainant said she was 14 when she first had sexual intercourse with Dohey — an encounter she described as an assault.
The complainant approached church officials in 2001, but at the time did not want to go to the police. The RCMP said the alleged incidents that led to the charges occurred between 1996 and 2000.
Archbishop Brendan O’Brien has said the church did not have a legal obligation to report to authorities in 2001, because the complainant was an adult when she spoke with them.
Wayne Dohey, shown in a 1997 image, will appear in court in Grand Bank in May.
Kufeldt told CBC News she feels the church had a moral obligation to report the incidents, particularly because a priest was involved.
“Any person that has been found to have preyed on a young person sexually should be made known to the appropriate authorities,” said Kufeldt, who has retired and now lives in Calgary.
“Even more so … anybody in a professional position or a position of trust should be known to the police and the child welfare authorities. The church above all should be aware of its moral duty,” said Kufeldt.
The church offered counselling to both Dohey and the complainant.
Dohey had been working on the Burin Peninsula at the time of the alleged incidents.
After Dohey finished counselling, he was assigned to work as a parish priest on Bell Island and then in Placentia.
The complainant said the sexual relationship with Dohey continued until two years ago.
Dohey is scheduled to appear in court in Grand Bank on May 2.