Quebec. Priest pleads today in sex-abuse trial

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Ottawa Citizen 

)8 November 2010  

Postmedia News 

A priest facing multiple counts of sexual assault against 11 boys who attended a private Catholic school in the 1980s is expected to plead guilty this morning. Raymond-Marie Lavoie, 70, was a teacher at the Seminaire St. Alphonse, in Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupre.

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Quebec priest expected to plead guilty to sexually assaulting 11 boys

 Montreal Gazette 

By Marianne White, Postmedia News November 7, 2010 

QUEBEC – A Quebec priest facing multiple counts of sexual assault against 11 boys who attended a private Catholic school in the 1980s is due back in court Monday morning, when he is expected to enter a plea.

Raymond-Marie Lavoie, 70, was a teacher at the Seminaire St. Alphonse, in Ste. Anne de Beaupré, just outside Quebec City, when the assaults are alleged to have taken place.

A group representing victims of abuse by priests said Friday it has been notified Lavoie will enter a guilty plea Monday morning.

Defence lawyer Serge Goulet has said his client doesn’t wish to go to trial unnecessarily.

A first man, who was 12 at the time of the alleged events, pressed charges against Lavoie in 2008.

The Sûreté du Québec launched an investigation and eventually found other alleged victims: all boarders at the college in the 1970s and 1980s, who were between the age of 12 and 15 at the time.

Lavoie was first arrested in December 2009 and faces charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and gross indecency.

Aside from the criminal accusations, Lavoie is facing a potential class-action lawsuit.

He is named in a statement of claim filed in April that alleges up to five priests were involved in the systematic abuse of young boys in the 1980s at Seminaire St. Alphonse.

The school, ran by a group of missionary priests, closed in 2001.

Among other allegations, the document says the priests “consulted with one another and conspired in an effort to determine which students they would abuse, and divided (the victims) up amongst themselves.”

Lavoie has been suspended by the church pending the outcome of his case.

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Priest expected to plead guilty: group

National Post

Postmedia News · Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010

A Quebec priest facing multiple counts of sexual assault against 11 boys who attended a private Catholic school in the 1980s is due back in court this morning, when he is expected to enter a plea. Raymond-Marie Lavoie, 70, was a teacher at the Seminaire St. Alphonse, in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, when the assaults are alleged to have taken place. A group representing victims of abuse by priests said on Friday it has been notified that Mr. Lavoie will enter a guilty plea. Defence lawyer Serge Goulet has said his client doesn’t wish to go to trial unnecessarily. A first man, who was 12 at the time of the alleged events, pressed charges against Mr. Lavoie in 2008. Quebec provincial police launched an investigation and eventually found other alleged victims: all boarders at the college in the 1970s and 1980s, who were between the ages of 12 and 15 at the time. Mr. Lavoie faces charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and gross indecency. 

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Quebec priest to enter plea to sex-assault charges 

Vancouver Sun 

By Marianne White, Postmedia News November 7, 2010  

QUEBEC — A Quebec priest facing multiple counts of sexual assault against 11 boys who attended a private Catholic school in the 1980s is due back in court Monday morning, when he is expected to enter a plea.

Raymond-Marie Lavoie, 70, was a teacher at the Seminaire St. Alphonse, in Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupre, just outside Quebec City, when the assaults are alleged to have taken place.

A group representing victims of abuse by priests said Friday it has been notified Lavoie will enter a guilty plea Monday morning.

Defence lawyer Serge Goulet has said his client doesn’t wish to go to trial unnecessarily.

A first man, who was 12 at the time of the alleged events, pressed charges against Lavoie in 2008.

Quebec provincial police launched an investigation and eventually found other alleged victims: all boarders at the college in the 1970s and 1980s, who were between the ages of 12 and 15 at the time.

Lavoie was first arrested in December 2009 and faces charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and gross indecency.

Aside from the criminal accusations, Lavoie is facing a potential class-action lawsuit.

He is named in a statement of claim filed in April that alleges that up to five priests were involved in the systematic abuse of young boys in the 1980s at Seminaire St. Alphonse.

The school, ran by a group of missionary priests, closed in 2001.

Among other allegations, the document says the priests “consulted with one another and conspired in an effort to determine which students they would abuse, and divided (the victims) up amongst themselves.”

Lavoie has been suspended by the church pending the outcome of his case.

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1 Response to Quebec. Priest pleads today in sex-abuse trial

  1. Sylvia says:

    So, almost one year after the charges were laid he will enter a guilty plea?

    Best I wait to see if he does.

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