Canwest News Service
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
A former Windsor Catholic priest charged with molesting teenage boys at the mission he founded in Haiti was denied bail yesterday and will remain in jail awaiting trial. John Duarte, 43, appeared shaken at the decision of justice of the peace Elaine Babcock. Mr. Duarte’s bail hearing spanned two days over two weeks. All testimony and evidence presented at the hearing is subject to a publication ban. Mr. Duarte is charged with nine counts of sexual exploitation involving boys aged 12 to 17 in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and the tiny fishing village of Labadie. Hearts Together for Haiti, a charity Mr. Duarte founded, operated schools, a health clinic and a sponsorship program for impoverished families. He was arrested on Oct. 20 in the Dominican Republic where he had been living. Canadian authorities picked him up there on Oct. 26.