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56-year-old priest worked with church youth group and boy scouts

CBC News

Posted: Mar 8, 2013 7:25 AM ET

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2013 5:54 PM ET

Sorel-Tracy priest Daniel Moreau, 56, is to appear in court Monday for a bail hearing.

Sorel-Tracy priest Daniel Moreau, 56, is to appear in court Monday for a bail hearing. (Sorel-Tracy Parishes)

A priest in Sorel-Tracy, Que., has been charged with seven counts related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

The bail hearing for Daniel Moreau, 56, was originally scheduled for today, but has been moved to Monday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Sorel-Tracy courthouse.

He’s facing three charges of possession of child pornography, one charge of possession with intent to distribute, one charge for accessing, one charge for distribution and one for production.

The Diocese of St-Hyacinthe acknowledged Moreau’s charges in a statement released on Friday.

“We deplore and condemn the fact that such acts may have been committed,” said Jean Marc Robillard, vicar general of the diocese.

“We understand the distress that such an event can cause within the entire community of Sorel-Tracy, as well as among all those who knew him through his ministry.”

Following diocese policy, the priest has been automatically relieved of his duties and is no longer permitted to exercise his pastoral ministry.

Moreau led worship at the Ste-Anne, St-Joseph and St-Pierre parishes.

His resumé, which was posted on the parish website but has since been pulled down, lists his work as a scout and church youth group leader. Moreau is also cited as the webmaster for the Montenach de Beloeil scouts group.

He was immediately suspended from les Aventuriers de Baden-Powell, a scouts group, as well.

Quebec provincial police arrested Moreau on Thursday at his presbytery on Du Roi Street in Sorel-Tracy.

Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau said investigators were tipped off about Moreau by another police force.

Officers seized several computers, which are still being analyzed.

It’s possible Moreau will be charged with further counts after all the evidence has been processed.

Moreau’s lawyer says he will enter a plea of not guilty. The Crown says it plans to oppose his release on bail.

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Sorel-Tracy priest arrested in child-porn probe will remain behind bars

Cuffed Thursday at Saint-Gabriel-Lalemant church, jailed overnight

Montreal Gazette

Friday, March 08, 2013 10:32 AM

Jan Ravensbergen, The Gazette

MONTREAL — A Roman Catholic parish priest in Sorel-Tracy who was reportedly active in the scouting movement in that region as well as earlier in Beloeil near Montreal will remain behind bars until his next court appearance on Monday.

Father Daniel Moreau was arrested Thursday, at his church, on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Believed to be in his mid-50s, the priest was arrested at the Saint-Gabriel-Lalemant church on de Roi St., near Lalement St. in Sorel-Tracy, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The TVA network said neighbours looked on in stupefaction as Moreau was taken away in handcuffs and placed in a patrol car, then driven away.

The Sûreté du Québec was acting on a request from a police force outside the province, Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau of the SQ said.

“This arrest is related to child pornography,” Thibaudeau added. “Computer equipment and data was seized and is being examined by our experts.”

Investigators made the arrest as they were executing a search warrant on Moreau’s living quarters.

Moreau made a brief court appearance, via video conference, Thursday.

Moreau was active in the local scout movement, news reports indicated. Scouts Canada told The Gazette, following a records search, that Moreau had never worked with that arm of the scouting movement. “Father Moreau has had no known connection or history with Scouts Canada,” John Petitti, executive director (marketing and communication) at Scouts Canada, said Friday.

A church website lists Moreau as a national trainer for the Adventurers Association of Baden-Powell, another part of the scouting movement. Moreau had also been working with scouts in the South Shore district of Beloeil, Cogeco Nouvelles reported. Further details weren’t immediately available.

A profile of Moreau on a church website states he is responsible for liturgy at the parishes of Ste-Anne, St-Joseph and St-Pierre. Moreau holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a master’s degree in pastoral studies and a diploma in advanced studies in bioethics. The latter two are from Université de Montréal, according to the website.

He is also listed as dealing with young people aged from 12 to 17, as the priest responsible for a preparation-for-life team. For his diocese, he is shown as responsible for the training of catechism teachers for youth from 11 to 14.

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Quebec priest arrested on child-porn charges to remain behind bars

The Regina Leader Post

08 March 2013

By The Canadian Press

SOREL-TRACY, Que. – A Quebec priest who faces seven child pornography charges will remain behind bars until his next court appearance on Monday.

Daniel Moreau is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

A judge agreed to a Crown request on Friday that Moreau not be released pending his return to court on Monday.

Moreau was arrested on Thursday in a church in Sorel-Tracy, northeast of Montreal.

Quebec provincial police raided Moreau’s iving quarters after a request from another police force in Canada.

His diocese issued a staement saying he has been stripped of his responsibilities.

 

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