Sex assault sentencing for former priest delayed until fall

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The Halifax Chronicle Herald

August 17, 2012 – 2:21pm

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

YARMOUTH, N.S. — A sentencing hearing has been adjourned until November for a former Nova Scotia Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault involving children.

Provincial court received a letter saying that 83-year-old Albert LeBlanc was unable to travel from his home in Bouctouche, N.B., to Yarmouth where the case has been held due to medical reasons.

LeBlanc’s sentencing will now take place Nov. 23.

He pleaded guilty in May to charges involving different victims and faced a total of 50 sex-related charges involving minors, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s when he worked as a priest and later as a probation officer in Yarmouth.

The other 44 charges have been suspended until sentencing.

The Crown and defence are seeking a joint sentence of five-and-a-half years in prison.

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