01 November 2011
By QMI Agency
A report outlining allegations of sexual assault at the hands of New Brunswick’s Catholic clergy and recommendations for financial compensation will be released Monday.
Former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache will present his report to the Diocese of Bathurst.
The diocese hired Bastarache to conduct the report as the final step in a conciliation process aimed at avoiding a court battle. Bastarache met with 45 victims, nine of whom decided to opt out of the conciliation process.
Levi Noel, 84, was convicted of 22 sex-related offences stemming from his days as priest in New Brunswick, and former priest Charles Picot has been charged with indecent assault. However, Bastarache said he’s learned of other priests who allegedly perpetrated sex crimes.
Bastarache organized the victims into categories based on the seriousness of the crimes committed against them, ranging from unwanted touching to sexual assault, and subcategories based on consequences they’ve experienced, such as the inability to hold a job or suicidal tendencies.
Based on those categories, he made recommendations for compensation set-up and a pay scale. The diocese will decide whether to accept those recommendations. If it does, Bastarache will personally deliver the payments, so as to protect the victims’ identities.