Ex-priest (Father Albert LeBlanc). Ordained 1955 for the Diocese of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. According to media account was a great hockey fan – took groups of young boys to Boston to see Boston Bruin games – because of his Boston Garden connections was able to take the boys into the dressings room to meet the players and get autographs. Left the priesthood in 1973. Initially worked as case worker with Child and Family Services in Yarmouth. In 1975 began work as a probation officer in Yarmouth.
Charged January 2011 – 40 offences related to sex abuse of boys age 7 to 11 which are alleged to have occurred between 1970 and 1985. February 10 additional charges laid. There are now a total of 6 complainants and 50 charges.
23 November 2012: sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison
14 May 2012: GUILTY plea- one for each of the six victims who had been complainants
Next courtdate: 23 November 2012: Sentencing hearing, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia courthouse;
17 August 2012: Sentencing hearing, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia courthouse [adjourned]; 14 May 2012: [GUILTY plea] – TRIAL Yarmouth, Nova Scotia courthouse- courtroom is booked for one week: 29 August 2011 (for election and plea. Yarmouth courthouse, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) ; 30 May 2011 (Yarmouth, NS) [adjourned] ; 15 March 2011 (Yarmouth courthouse, Nova Scotia)
23 November 2012: Former priest sentenced to five-and-a-half years
17 August 2012: Former priest’s sentencing adjourned
17 August 2012: Sex assault sentencing for former priest delayed until fall
15 May 2012: LeBlanc guilty pleas ‘important moment’ for victims
15 May 2012: Archbishop condemns abuse by ex-priest
14 May 2012: Abuse survivor offers his support
14 May 2012: Ex-priest pleads guilty to indecent assault
14 May 2012: Former priest pleads guilty to indecent assault
30 August 2011: May trial scheduled for former priest
30 August 2011: Former priest will stand trial in May on sex charges
14 June 2011: Bishops home up for sale
31 March 2011: Another adjournment for former priest
18 March 2011: More charges laid against Bouctouche man
16 March 2011: Former N.S. priest facing additional charges
16 March 2011: Ex-priest faces more sex abuse charges
25 January 2011: Former Yarmouth priest, 81, facing sex charges
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Directories of that date (CCCD) and media (M)
17 August 2012: sentencing hearing adjourned – medical reasons prevent Leblanc from travelling to Yarmouth, NS from his home in Bouctouche, New Brunswick (M)
14 May 2012: GUILTY plea to six charges
January 2011: CHARGED (M)
1985: not listed in directory (CCCD)
27 August 1975: article in Yarmouth Vanguard allegedly referenced Leblanc’s new job as a probation officer in which he would do “a lot of court work, dealing with problem people and offenders on probation.”. According the article Leblanc was involved with the parish’s youth centre, the Boys Club of Yarmouth and was active in minro hockey in the area. (M)
1974-75: According to media worked as a case worker with the Family and Children’s Services in Yarmouth (M)
1973: left the priesthood (M)
1973-74: Pastor, Notre Dames de Lourdes, Melbourne, Nova Scotia (In 1971-72 Melbourne was served by the same priest who served Butte Comeau and Pointe a Pinkney – in the ’73-’74 Leblanc is Pastor at Melbourne ) (CCCD)
Member of Diocesan youth committee or commission (with Father Claude Cote as President, and Fathers Albeni [Benny] D’Entremont, and Jean-Louis Robichaud as fellow members) (CCCD)
[if indeed Leblanc left the priethood in 1973 then he must have departed at the end of 1973? ]
1971-72: Not listed in directory (CCCD)
1967, 1968-69: : Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (CCCD) (14 May 1968 Austin E Burke installed as Bishop of Yarmouth)
1966-68: a website indicated that Father Albert Lalonde took groups to Boston for hockey games. The site and pictures has been taken down since charges were laid. Here is the text of the site:
Father Albert LeBlanc’s Hockey Trips to Boston
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
In the 1960’s, Father Albert LeBlanc, a priest at Notre Dame de Fatima parish in Yarmouth organized many trips to Boston Bruins hockey games. These trips usually included one or two NHL games and a Boston Celtics basketball game. Father LeBlanc would arrange an Air Canada (Trans Canada Airlines) charter of a 48 seat Viscount to fly out of Yarmouth to Boston. For many, these trips were a first chance to see an NHL game and this was the era of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the six team NHL. There were roughly only 120 players in the entire league (compared to 600 + today) so the talent was exceptional.
Father LeBlanc was an avid hockey player, coach and fan. He later left the priesthood and is now retired in New Brunswick.
Below are several pictures. One from a January 1966 trip for Notre Dame altar boys and chaperones and the another from March 1966 and 1968 for Yarmouth area residents. There are also pictures from a trip in December 1967 when a team of Pee Wee players coached by Father LeBlanc travelled to the Boston area to play a team from Stoneham, Mass. (Yarmouth won 4-1 by the way). This is a picture of five lucky boys meeting Bobby Orr in the hallway at the old Madison Hotel which adjoined Boston Gardens and North Station.
1967: coached the peewee hockey players (M)
1966: The Yarmouth Light featured an article entitled “Group of Boys Travel Air Canada to Boston for Thrilling Weekend.” The article, which contains a picture of Leblanc with a group of altar boys on the airport tarmac, reads in part:
“Father (LeBlanc’s) . . . interest in the youth of the community has been outstanding ever since he came to Yarmouth” (M)
1959: assisting at St. Ambroise Cathderal with Father Louis Armstrong. Rector Msgr. Nil Theriault (Albert Lemenager Bishop of Yarmouth) (CCCD)
40 sexual assault charges laid
The Yarmouth County Vanguard
Published on January 24th, 2011
By Tina Comeau
A New Brunswick resident who was a priest in Yarmouth County decades ago has been charged with 40 sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.
The Yarmouth rural detachment of the RCMP has charged 81-year-old Albert LeBlanc with sexual offences relating to three victims. The offences are alleged to have occurred from 1970 to 1985 while LeBlanc resided in Yarmouth County.
The RCMP say due to privacy issues, they cannot comment on whether LeBlanc was a priest at the time any of these offences took place, saying that the Privacy Act prohibits the RCMP from disclosing LeBlanc’s employment history. After leaving the priesthood LeBlanc also worked as a probation office. The RCMP won’t comment on that either.
The RCMP say the alleged victims were between the ages of seven and 11. A publication ban issued on Jan. 24 protects their identity. All of the victims are males.
The offences are alleged to have occurred from 1970 to 1985 while LeBlanc resided in Yarmouth County. He now lives in Bouctouche, N.S., which is where the arrest took place on Jan. 6.
The 40 charges include 11 charges of indecent assault and 29 charges of gross indecency. The charges date back to the Criminal Code charges that existed at the time the offences are alleged to have occurred.
LeBlanc is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court on March 15.
While he was a priest in Yarmouth, including his time as the parish priest at the Notre Dame de Fatima parish, LeBlanc was well-known and well liked. Described as an avid hockey player, minor hockey coach and fan, he organized several trips to Boston Bruins hockey games involving large groups of young boys, along with chaperones, from this area. Charter flights were arranged with Air Canada.
Sometimes the trips involved altar boys, sometimes local residents of Yarmouth and at least once members of a peewee hockey team he coached.
The trips would include one or two NHL hockey games in Boston and sometimes a Celtics basketball game. Often there were newspaper articles written about the trips. The articles outlined how LeBlanc’s connections with Boston Gardens officials granted the group of boys and chaperons access to the dressing rooms for autographs and to meet NHL players. One article describes one trip as a father-son affair.
Aside from attending church services during their trips, the itineraries also involved other activities like swimming at the YMCA or riding the subway. Even a television inside a hotel room was something not all of these young people had back home.
There were even media interviews with LeBlanc and others in the United States during these trips.
The RCMP is not saying whether any of the victims who have come forward alleging sexual abuse were involved in these hockey trips to Boston, nor will the RCMP say if any offences occurred in the United States.
The RCMP began its investigation last April after receiving a complaint of alleged sexual assault.
“The first complainant came on April 19, 2010, to our detachment,” says Sergeant Michel Lacroix. “Subsequent to that there were two more.”
The RCMP says given the fact that the allegations date back decades, this was a lengthy and complex investigation as aside from interviewing the complainants, they also had to locate and interview potential witnesses.
The police also consulted with the Crown before laying the charges.
Sgt. Lacroix says even with the passage of time, the charges still could be laid.
“On these types of offences there is no statute of limitation,” he says.
The RCMP say the investigation involving these three complainants is concluded. Whether or not more complainants may come forward is something the RCMP cannot speculate on.
“If the RCMP receive any more complaints of an alleged criminal act there will be a thorough investigation carried out,” says Sgt. Lacroix.
Man, 81, charged with 40 sex offences
By QMI Agency
Last Updated: January 24, 2011 12:52pm
An 81-year-old New Brunswick man is facing 40 charges connected to alleged sexual offences dating back to 1970.
Albert LeBlanc of Bouctouche, N.B., who media reports say is a former priest, has been charged with 40 sexual offences against three people for acts that allegedly occurred between 1970 and 1985 while he was residing in Yarmouth County, N.S., RCMP said Monday.
The charges include 11 counts of indecent assault on a male and gross indecency, said Sgt. Brigdit Leger.
Leger said the victims were between the ages of seven and 11 when the alleged assaults occurred.
Nova Scotia RCMP said they have been investigating the alleged assaults since April after receiving a complaint.
Leger said privacy issues prevent police from confirming local media reports that LeBlanc is a former Catholic priest who worked in Yarmouth at the time of the alleged offences.
LeBlanc previously worked at Notre Dame of Fatima church. A Facebook page that highlights trips the priest organized to Boston for young people from Yarmouth to see NHL hockey games, says LeBlanc left the priesthood and retired in New Brunswick. He also coached peewee hockey in Yarmouth.
LeBlanc was arrested at his New Brunswick home and has since been released from police custody. He is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court on March 15.
Ex-priest charged with sex offences
Date back to the 1970s in Yarmouth area
Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011 | 3:36 PM AT
RCMP in Nova Scotia have charged a former Roman Catholic priest with dozens of sex offences dating back to the 1970s.
Albert LeBlanc, 81, is charged with 40 offences involving three boys in the Yarmouth area.
LeBlanc served as a priest in the Yarmouth Diocese from 1955 until 1973 when he resigned from the priesthood, Archdiocese of Halifax spokeswoman Marilyn Sweet said Monday.
Sgt. Brigdit Leger said the offences are alleged to have occurred between 1970 and 1975 involving children between the ages of seven and 11 years old.
The charges include 11 counts of indecent assault on a male and 29 counts of gross indecency.
Leger said the charges reflect the criminal code in existence at the time the offences are alleged to have happened.
She would not disclose whether more charges involving more victims were being contemplated.
The Nova Scotia Prosecution Service said LeBlanc worked as a probation officer after leaving the priesthood.
LeBlanc now lives in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, where he was arrested at his home earlier this month.
He is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court on March 15.