Sullivan: MR. John E. Sullivan

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Father John E Sullivan – around 1967 0r 1968

 

Ex Priest, Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Ordained 25 May 1958.  Defrocked/dismissed from the clerical state/laicized 05 September 2015

Charged 1989.  Eventually faced 32-charges related to allegations of sex abuse of nine boys age 9 to 12 between the years 1958 and 1979 (one source says 15).  GUILTY plea.

Sentenced to two years and six months. Lawsuits launched by three brothers alleging abuse by Sulllivan when he served as priest at Canadian Forces Base Falconbridge, Ontario. (Father Sullivan was NOT a military chaplain – he did serve as a diocesan priest at chapels on military bases)

Further criminal charge laid June 2012, and two more charges in Fall of 2012.

DIED 27 March 2016

Sullivan obituary updated

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23 March 2016:  Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi (Nuncio) reply to RobTalach letter of 29 February 2016  (advising, in part, that Father Sullivan was dismissed from the clerical state 05 September 2015, because “he had not exercised ministry since 1990…”)

29 February 2016:  Rob Talach letter to Nuncio (Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi) re the dismissal from the clerical state of Father John Sullivan

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10 February 2015:  Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation for the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie v. AXA Insurance (2015 ONSC 838)  (The Sault Ste Maire Diocese is ordered “to produce for examination for discovery” Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe to answer questions concerning Canon Law,  the policies and practices of the Diocese and the operation and oversight of the Diocese.  There is considerable mention in the decision of facts related to one of the diocese’s infamous sexual predators, Father John Sullivan.   The legal action however relates to 16 sexual claims against diocesan priests.  The diocese was arguing that it is insured.  AXA insurance was arguing that it is entitled in law to deny coverage on the basis of material misrepresentation, material non-disclosure and bad faith.  The position taken by the defendant is that the policy is void ab initio.)

Bishop Alexander Carter knew in 1960 that Father John E Sullivan was a child molester.  Sullivan was simply recycled

03 May 2016:  BLOG Connecting the dots

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08 November 2016:  Sudbury sex scandal resolved

04 May 2016:  BLOG  Did he have faculties?

30 April 2016: BLOG  Re infamous predator

10 April 2016:  Few attend funeral for priest who was a serial sex offender

04 April 2016:  Sudbury civil sexual abuse case ends in a settlement

05 April 2016:  BLOG Yes, they knew

02 April 2016:  Sudbury victim has harsh words for church

30 March 2016:  BLOG    Is he dead?

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20 June 2012: charge of gross indecency laid in relation to allegations dating to the late 60s.  09 October 2012 – another man has come forward alleging abuse by Father Sullivan  – two charges of gross indecency and one of buggery laid in relation to these allegations.  The latter charges relate to allegations dating to 1966 and 1967.

Died 26 March 2016 before standing trial.

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Bishops of Sault Ste. Marie Diocese since Father Sullivan’s ordination : Alexander Carter  (Coadjutor Bishop: 10 Dec 1956 – Bishop 22 November 1958 – 03 May 1985); Marcel André J. Gervais (03 May 1985 –  13 May 1989  when appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Ottawa, Ontario) ; Jean-Louis Plouffe (02 December 1989  – November 2015 ); Marcel Damphousse (12 November 2015- )

Auxiliary bishops:  Adolphe E. Proulx  (2 Jan 1965 – 28 April 1967 [ also served as Chancellor from 1960 – 1965] ); Roger-Alfred Despatie (20 May 1968 – 8 February 1973); Gérard Dionne ( 29 January 1975 – 23 November 1983);  Bernard Francis Pappin (29 January 1975 – 27 August 1998);  Jean-Louis Plouffe (12 Dec 1986 – Bishop 02 December 1989);  Paul-André Durocher ( 20 January 1997 – 27 April 2002); Robert Harris 26 October 2002 – 08 May 2007); Brian Joseph Dunn (16 July 2008 – 21 Nov 2009).

Archbishops of Toronto while Father John E Sullivan was in the Toronto Archdiocese: 

Gerald Emmett Carter  (29 April 1978 – 17 March 1990) ; Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic  (17 March 1990 – – 16 December 2006 )

Auxiliary Bishops of the Toronto Archdiocse while Father John E. Sullivan was serving

Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic (26 March 1976 – Coadjutor Archbishop: 22 May 1986); Michael Pearse Lacey (03 May 1979 – 31 May 1993); Robert Bell Clune  (03 May 1979 to 27 December 1995); Leonard James Wall  (03 May 1979 — 25 February 1992

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04 December 2010: Statement of Claim: J.J.J. and John E. Sullivan and the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie

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The following dates are drawn from the materials which I have on hand, specifically the Canadian Catholic Church directories (CCCD) of that date, the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory (OCD), media (M) and legal documents (L)

27 March 2016:  DIED in Montreal

05 September 2015:  defrocked/laicized/dismissed from the clerical state) because, according to Archbishop Ladaria the Secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith,  “he had not exercised ministry since 1990…”  I however have information that he was functioning as a priest within the Archdiocese of Montreal until at least 2002.

September 2013reports that he has been placed in a nursing home

09 October 2012:  news that another man has come forward alleging abuse by Father Sullivan.  Two more charges of gross indecency and one of buggery laid.

Sullivan in hospital in Montreal (M)

20 June 2012:  charged with gross indecency (M)

04 November 2011:  Lawsuit filed by P.S.S

2010:  boul De Roseraies, Anjou, Quebec  (CCCD)

2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994:  2533 De La Salle St., Montreal, PQ.  H1V 2L4  514-255-9882 (Cardinal/Archbishop Jean-Claude Turcotte) (CCCD)

1993, 1992, 1991:  not listed in directory (CCCD)

1992:  GUILTY plea to 32 offenses involving 13 altar boys.  One of the victims was P.J.J.  (M)

September 1990:  trial to be set

Winter 1989:  arrested at Mary Lake Monastery near Toronto (why was he at Marylake?)

–  according to obituary, retired in 1989

1985-86:  address for St. Mary of the People  570 Marion Ave., Oshawa, Ontario (Pastor: Father Thomas Melady) (this church is in the Archdiocese of Toronto – Cardinal/Archbishop Emmett Carter) (CCCD) (why was he serving in the Archdiocese of Toronto?)

sometime in early 80′s:  St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Midland Ontario (P)

1980:  Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption, North Bay, Ontario (Rector Father D.J. MacLellan with Fathers A. McMillan, T. O’Connor and Fathers N.F. Clement and J.E. Sullivan in residence) (OCD)

-“officialis”  with the marriage tribunal and auxiliary Bishop B.F. Pappin “Defensor Vincui”   (interesting, Father Hod Marshall csb is listed as a member of the Senate of Priests) (OCD)

1958-79:  intermittently at Pro Cathedral Assumption, North Bay, Ontario (M)

1973-74: Chaplain,  North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. (CCCD)

1971-72: Chaplain,  North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. (CCCD)

“Offiiciaité” monsignor  B.F. Pappin, P.D. déf du line & John E Sullivan, notaire (CCCD)

1968-69: Ste. Anne RC Church, Sudbury (administrator, Father R. G. Hebert) (CCCD)

allegations in lawsuit relate to sex abuse by Sullivan in or about 1968.  The abuse transpired in the victim’s home, in the church and in the rectory (L)

1967:  chaplain St. Joseph’s General Hospital and Ontario Hospital, North Bay, Ontario (CCCD)

John E Sullivan, notaire  (CCCD)

1958-61:  St. Monica’s RC Church, Wawa, Ontario (M)

25 May 1958:  ORDAINED

13 February 1925:  DOB

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MEDIA coverage and blogs

04 April 2016:  Sudbury civil sexual abuse case ends in a settlement

02 April 2016:  Sudbury victim has harsh words for church

19 October 2012: Defrock bad priests: Sex abuse victims

09 October 2012: Priest faces more sex charges

25 September 2012: Accused priest in hospital

24 July 2012: Historical sex abuse charges back in court for former Pro-Cathedral priest

21 June 2012: “87 year old facing historical sex offence” & “Priest Faces Sexual-Related Charge”

21 June 2012: North Bay Police statement re arrest of Father John E Sullivan

21 June 2012:  BLOG Another victim

21 June 2012:  Montreal man charged with sex offences while serving as priest in North Bay

31 March 2011:  BLOG A Lark!

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Brothers never shared abuse details

The Sudbury Star

May (?) 2011

By CAROL MULLIGAN, THE SUDBURY STAR 

Three brothers suing a former Sudbury-area Roman Catholic priest for sexual abuse have outlined the nature of the abuse they allegedly suffered more than 30 years ago in statements of claim.

But the three men, now in their 50s, have never shared with each other details of the sexual acts they say they were forced to perform by Father John E. Sullivan in the late 1960s when he was priest at Canadian Forces Base Falconbridge.

The eldest of the brothers, now 57, lives in Nova Scotia. He said it wasn’t until last year that he and his brothers, known as BJJ and RJJ in their statements of claim, discussed launching civil lawsuits against Sullivan, now in his late 80s, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

PJJ said he and his brothers were “pure as white snow” when the priest began molesting them.

“I did not know at 14 about the birds and the bees, let alone the birds and the birds,” he said in a telephone interview from Halifax.

Sullivan, who lives in Montreal with a sister, was convicted in 1992 of several criminal charges of sexual assault against the brothers and other boys in four different locations in Ontario, said PJJ.

The allegations contained in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.

PJJ recalled Sullivan being sentenced to two years and six months after pleading guilty to 32 offences involving 13 altar boys, although he said he didn’t think Sullivan served federal time for the convictions.

The brothers are each suing the diocese and Sullivan for about $3 million, the maximum allowed under the law. There is no statute of limitations on sexual assault charges.

PJJ said he was together with his two brothers and their wives about a year ago when one of the women asked why they hadn’t filed civil lawsuits against the priest.

PJJ said he left the discussion, telling his family, “Because I don’t want to go through that (pain) ever again.”

After thinking about it for a couple of months, he began considering a lawsuit. He had read about lawyer Rob Talach, of Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers of London, Ont., representing women in Yarmouth, N.S. in a sexual abuse suit there and contacted him.

Talach is representing at least a dozen clients in civil lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and priests who served in it in the last 40 years.

The three brothers allege they were repeatedly sexually abused by Sullivan at their home at CFB Falconbridge. At the time, they did not know that all three were victims of the same man, said PJJ.

In an interview last week, Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe said the Roman Catholic Diocese has offered some counselling to victims who have come forward over the years saying they were abused by priests.

But PJJ accused the diocese of being more interested in protecting its priests, and getting help for them, than helping victims.

PJJ said when he told his parish priest in NS two decades ago about the abuse he had suffered as a boy, he was bitterly disappointed in his priest’s response.

PJJ was then president of his church’s parish council and his wife suggested he speak with his pastor.

“I told him what happened,” said PJJ. “I was getting ready to pour my soul out to him. He just shook his head and said: ‘Why do people have to continually try to attack us?’ ”

PJJ said he left the Roman Catholic Church at that moment.

It has been a difficult year since the brothers decided to sue, said PJJ.

“I’m hoping this will really put an end to what’s going on. It’s affected my family, the way I raised my kids,” he said.

The lawsuits are not about money, he said. Most civil lawsuits are settled for pennies on the dollar of the damages being sought.

“We want an apology. We wanted support, it fell on deaf ears … and the only way we could figure out how to poke them in the eye to make them stand up and take notice is to start this lawsuit,” he said.

“And I’m hoping, with our lawsuit, other people will come out and say” they were also abused.

cmulligan@thesudburystar.com 

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Priest to be tried on sex charges

17  August 1990 

Edmonton Journal.

A 65-year-old Roman Catholic priest was ordered to stand trial Thursday on 32 sex-related charges involving boys over a 21-year period.

Rev. John Edward Sullivan, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and elected to be tried by a judge in North Bay, Ont. District court Judge Jean-Gilles Lebel said a trial date would be set Sept. 26.

Lebel also granted a request by defence lawyer Paul Rivard to transfer charges to North Bay from other Ontario communities where Sullivan is charged.

Sullivan, who now lives at the Mary Lake Monastery near Toronto, was arrested by North Bay police last winter.

He was charged with nine counts of indecent assault and six counts of gross indecency.

The charges relate to incidents against nine males while Sullivan served as a priest at the Pro-Cathedral Assumption from 1958 to 1979.

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Former priest faces 30 charges across Ontario

The Ottawa Citizen

08 February 1990

SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) _ A former Roman Catholic priest now faces a total of 30 sex-related charges involving incidents alleged to have occurred here over two decades ago.

Rev. John Sullivan, 64, of the Mary Lake Monastery in King City, Ont., appeared in provincial court in Sudbury Wednesday where preliminary hearing dates of Oct. 29 and 30 were set in the case.

In December, Sudbury Regional Police charged Sullivan with four counts of indecent assault on a male and four counts of gross indecency, but have since laid four additional charges of indecent assault.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred between 1966 and 1970 while Sullivan was serving at St. Anne’s Church in Sudbury.

Sullivan faces 18 other sex-related charges across the province including a total of seven in Midland, Wawa, and Sault Ste. Marie for alleged incidents dating back to 1958.

The remaining charges are are for incidents alleged to have occurred in North Bay between 1966 and 1979, while Sullivan served intermittently as priest at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption.

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Canadian Press

01 December 1989

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (CP)

A Roman Catholic priest, already facing 13 charges of sexual assault, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault, police said

Fr. John Sullivan, 63, who lives in the Toronto area, was charged in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.

The assaults occurred between 1958 and 1961 at the Precious Blood Cathedral in the city, police said

He has also been charged with three counts of sexual assault on boys while he was at St. Monica’s Church in Wawa, Ont., from 1958 to 1961. Wawa is about 100 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie.

The boys were between nine and 12 years of age at the time.

He also faces six charges of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency in North Bay, where he served intermittently at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption from 1958 to 1979.

He has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 16.

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Record of court-dates prior to death

CIVIL trial:  04 April 2016:  three-week trial booked, starting at 09:30 am for jury selection- trial will proceed after jury selected, probably in the afternoon of the 4th., Sudbury, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) – (once trial actually begins the usual daily start time is 10 am)

Next court date:    12 April 2016: 23 February 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 23 February 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ;09 February 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 12 January 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ;15 December 215:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 10 November 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 25 October 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 22 September 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 08 September 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 11  August 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 21 July 2015:   09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 16 July 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 10 March 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 17 February 2015:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,”  courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 06 January 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to” courtroom #101 (the set date courtroom), North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 09 December 2014: 09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to set a date for trial,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 06 May 2104:  09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to set a date for trial,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 25 February 2014:  09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 11 February 2014:  09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 27 January 2014:  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 24 September 2013:  09:30 am, room # 101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 17 September 2013:  09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to set a date,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 17 September 2013:  09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to set a date,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)27 August 2013:  09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) 06 August 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)18 June 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,”  North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ;04 June 2013, `to be spoken to; 28 May 2013: 9:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house ; 19  February 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house o5 February 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) ; 15 January 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 11 December 2012: Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 09 October 2012: North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); 25 September 2012: North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street); o4 September 2012: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street) “to be spoken to.”; 14 August 2012: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

119 Responses to Sullivan: MR. John E. Sullivan

  1. laurapucci says:

    do you have a picture of Father Sullivan when he served at Falconbridge?

  2. PJ says:

    My parents had many pictures from the years past and that is one creature I’m glad we don’t have a picture of !!

  3. RJ says:

    I have a picture of his lips burned into my brain …………That’s enough for me

  4. BJJ says:

    I wish i had a picture of that m@#$%^f*&#@r , I’d put it on a billboard in his home town …i wonder how the diocese would like that kind of publicity.

    • L M F C says:

      I HAVE A PICTURE OF HIM TAKEN LAST SUMMER

      • L M F C says:

        And that is what I intend on doing

      • Sylvia says:

        Would you send me a copy of the picture LMFC? I’ve been trying to get one for ages.

        • L M F C says:

          I certainly will. As soon as someone helps me figure out how to do it. by the way this is the person that is responsible for this defective creature going back through the revolving circus door on the 17th of sept. I plan on making a PILE of posters and taking a trip to Montreal with a staple gun and a roll of tape and a grin

          • PJ says:

            Can’t wait to see the picture of this worthless piece of sh!t. Sounds like you’re in a similar place that I find myself in…

  5. Sylvia says:

    Father Sullivan’s court-date tomorrow (14 August 2012) in North Bay is at 09:30 am in courtroom #101. “to be spoken to.”

  6. Sylvia says:

    Father John Sullivan had a court date in North Bay today. It was adjourned to 09 October 2012 – Father Sullivan is in hospital.

    Let us pray that somehow in all of this justice can be done.  Keep the complainant in your prayers.  

    Here is the article: 

    25 September 2012: Accused priest in hospital

  7. Sylvia says:

    Father John Sullivan’s next North Bay Ontario court date is 15 January 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to”

  8. Sylvia says:

    Father John Sullivan’s next court date is 05 February 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom # 101, “to be spoken to,” (North Bay, Ontario court house -(360 Plouffe Street)

  9. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Sylvia;
    Also calling on your experience, will Sullivan be in attendance, and is the public welcome in these “to be spoken to” hearings? mike.

    • Sylvia says:

      He probably won’t be there Mike, but I just don’t know. And, yes, the public can attend these hearings. These are the ones which are usually over, as I say, ‘in the twinkle of an eye.’ If you’re not up front in the courtroom and listening closely it’s easy to miss what happened, or sometimes even if it’s his name which was called!

  10. PJ says:

    Why all the “to be spoken to” delays? It’s criminal how defense lawyers can manipulate the court system. Probably counting on the collar’s demise to stop the proceedings…don’t we have any judges with balls enough to stop the foolishness? I feel bad for the plaintiff!

    • Sylvia says:

      It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? This can go an and on and on for a year or more. When the accused is out and about and foot-loose-and-fancy-free it serves him well. It is extremely hard on the complainants and their families.

  11. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Thanks Sylvia. Mike.

  12. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    19 February 2013: 09:30, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay Ontario courthouse

  13. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    28 May 2013: 09:30, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay Ontario courthouse

    By my count that’s no less than eight trips through the revolving courtroom door since August past.

  14. PJ says:

    So at what point does the judge say enough is enough?

  15. Sylvia says:

    I called the courthouse to find out what the status is with Father John Sullivan. He had a court date 28 May and I wanted to update. Well, it turns out that he had a court date yesterday in North Bay, Ontario `to be spoken to.`

    The court files from yesterday have not been updated yet – I will call later in the day to find out what the next court date is.

  16. PJ says:

    Let me “speak to him”….

  17. Sylvia says:

    Sorry, no news yet. I called again and the files were not updated. I will call again tomorrow – will definitely have some news then.

  18. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    18 June 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to be spoken to,” North Bay courthouse

  19. PJ says:

    I used to be disgusted, now I’m just amused!

    • Sylvia says:

      I know what you mean PJ.

      Perhaps at the end of the day there is actually something positive going on here – that’s a lot of court dates in close succession. Something must surely be in the wind? Hopefully??!! For the sake of the complainant, I hope that’s the case.

  20. Leslie Smith says:

    How do I go about laying charges against Father sullivan??.In the Early 80’s he was sent up to Midland Ontario,And worked at St,Margrets Church On Hugel St. Many of my class mates were abused as well as My Best friend. He has called a lawyer And I gues while is is incarcerated for another 8 months they will be doing what they can .Is there anymore advice or help you can provide me with??

    • Sylvia says:

      I am always sad to know that another child was molested by a priest, but also happy that another victim has found the courage to come forward. I commend you Leslie!

      What do you do to lay charges? Contact your local police force Leslie. Tell them you want to report childhood sex abuse by a priest in Midland, Ontario. Wherever you live your local police (or RCMP) should get you in touch with the police service which should handle the investigation. If they don’t offer to do that for you, you ask them to please direct you.

      Before you make the call be ready to make a statement which as far as possible covers everything you can remember, including, as difficult as it is, all details you can recall of every incident of the abuse itself.

      To my knowledge Father Sullivan is not in jail. The last we knew of him he was in hospital in Montreal and unable to show up in North Bay to face new charges. Tat was some time ago.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you as you proceed. Please take comfort in the knowledge that there are many people out here who are supporting you, and praying for you.

  21. PJ says:

    Congratulations to all of you for having the courage to come forward! It is never too late and although it hurts me deeply to find out there were more like myself and my brothers who suffered at the hands of this pervert collar. I am sickened byt this but I’m also going to pray for all of you to keep strong during the trying times ahead. I’ve been there and still am…God bless you all.

  22. Wife of a Sullivan victim says:

    Father Sullivan was in Wawa in the fifties. I know this because I married a man who was abused by him. He stated it only happened once and he put it behind him. However, once after a few beers, he commented that he should have done more to prevent him from touching other boys . He said, “We would warn the new boys not to be caught alone with him.”

    • PJ says:

      We were also warned about him from the other servers but our naivety and parents’ insistence that he was to be obeyed led to our demise. He was called “fr screwer” by the other boys but we didn’t know what they meant by that…

  23. Sylvia says:

    Father Sullivan’s next court date is:

    06 August 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, North Bay Ontario courthouse (360 Plouffe Street), “to be spoken to.”

  24. Sylvia says:

    Here we go again!

    Father John Sullivan’s next court date is:

    27 August 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, North Bay Ontario courthouse (360 Plouffe Street), “to be spoken to.”

  25. PJ says:

    I think the judge needs to be “spoken to”. Grow some cajones and tell the defence that enough is enough.

  26. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father Sullivan is:

    17 September 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to set a date,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Note: “to set a date.”

    After a full year perhaps things are finally going to start moving along?

  27. PJ says:

    To set a date will likely take a year of court appearances followed then by countless other delays. Then he’ll die and the case will end without resolve. I pray that is not the case but …

  28. 1yellowknife says:

    PJ: The pending trial is a news story. But the (clearly demonstrated) foot-dragging from the accused is also a news story. And needs to be told. By someone with good media contacts (print and otherwise) and not directly involved in this trial.

    And – I hope I am not offending you – I started a list of possible ADDITIONAL delay tactics we may see (which are bogus medical conditions and other).
    #1 I predict Father Sullivan will suddenly demand the trial proceed in Latin… since this is the language of the Church (and he is very devout);
    #2 I predict Father Sullivan will request a delay because he has…… post partum depression….. and a life threatening plantar wart.

    Please add …

    • PJ says:

      No offense taken, this is not my trial case but it is my pervert collar. I hope for the plaintiffs in this case that they get to see their day in court but if history follows it’s course, he’ll plead guilty days before the trial starts…the arsewipe. Funny there’s never been a picture of him. Need one to keep the rats away!!

  29. L M F C says:

    I attended court today and the judge seemed to be getting fed up. Set a date of sept 24. and he will be there. don’t know if I will be able too do it but am going to try.

  30. L M F C says:

    attended court today. Of course poor old Mr Sullivan did not have be troubled to attend. January 27 is next date to plead. I was informed today that he has been placed in a nursing home. ( SHOULD BE A ANIMAL SHELTER). Was also informed today by someone very important that he will never be imprisoned, but not in those words. For 40 some years this has tormented me and to hear that he will just walk the walk is just very hard to accept, but something I guess I will have to. I should have come forward sooner, but I was never able too until I was in the right place in my life. Don’t know what to do or how to feel. but I promised myself and my family that I would see it through to the end. THE ROTTEN BASTARD IS GOING TO SLIP BY AGAIN. I hope there is a Hell

    • 1 abandonded sheep says:

      LMFC, please do not let Sullivan control your emotions any longer. I pray for you, and hope you will some day be able to move on , and have peace in your heart, mind and Soul.
      God loves you just the way you are, and will help you the rest of the way into a recovery from the terrible things you suffered at the hands of this pervert.
      Ask God for help, and He will give it to you.
      I will pray you are able and willing to do this. God Bless!

    • Sylvia says:

      Thank you for the update L M F C. I have updated the page and legal calendar.

      Hang in there. You have come this far – you can see this through to the end, whatever that end my be. At least you have found the courage to do the right thing, others obviously have not.

      Father Sullivan has had long now to decide if he did or not commit the crime? Over a year?! And he’s still thinking it through?!!! That always speaks volumes to me. Lawyers et al say that that’s the right of the accused, but, I will say without hesitation that I believe to the depth of my being that if a priest committed the crime he should fess up and not put his victims through this agony, and if he did not then he should enter the ‘not guilty’ plea. If he did it and his lawyer advises silence he (Father Sullivan) should check with God and follow His advice.

      Hang in. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I know those of many others who follow the site are too. You are not alone. You did the right thing. You can see this through.

      • Claire I Fied says:

        LMFC (and PJ) – I can’t begin to imagine the depth of your frustration given the depth of mine simply reading through this blog. It appears that all the “to be spoken to(s)” between August 14, 2012 and September 17, 2013 would either be because all of the disclosure had not been provided by the crown or Sullivan/lawyer had not been able to review it all before each appearance listed then adjourned to another date. The “17 September 2013: 09:30 am, courtroom #101, “to set a date,” would have been to set a date for “for trial” IF he had been there then or today, there would have been a plea of ‘not guilty’ and a trial date set. Unfortunately that’s now dragged out to January to JUST set a DATE for trial! *arghhhh*

  31. PJ says:

    I can NEVER call this pervert collar anything but a piece of $hit. I’m not through with “it” either…just biding my time. LMFC,are you going to post a picture of this scum? You are not alone in your struggle against him…there are a number of us on the same path as you. I admire you for your courage to come forward…do not despair, he is worthless…you are not! Stay strong my friend!

  32. gc says:

    Hang in there LMFC . As you know i was also abusted by Father John E Sullivan . I lay awake most nights thinking of the abuse that not only you and myself recived at the hands of this PREADATOR .. but of all the childern that he has abusted . No one that has not been abused can realy understand the Pain and Guilt that is felt . This has gone on for far to long .. It has affected my entire life (for almost 46 years ) I try to forget the shame and guilt but it keeps me up .. there is not a single day that i dont think about the abuse.. Now to here that Sullivan wont due time because of his age.. What about the age of us when the abuse started . Sullivans life is almost over but we have a lot of life to live and his abuse will be with us for a lot longer . I have lost my fath so long ago . but there must be justus for all of us affected at he hands of this pervet or what ever you want to call him . So once again hang in there .

    • 1 abandonded sheep says:

      gc, please ,you have no guilt, nor shame in this matter. You were the victim, not the sinner. You blame yourself for what Sullivan did. That is letting him off the hook.
      You are aware of others he abused, but, your main focus has to be on yourself, and how you will be healed.
      Everyone who finds themselves in this situation thinks they have nothing left to live for or to hope for.
      All do have hope for healing! It is a process, and it begins by taking the first step. That is done by seeking help, either Professional help, or through Group therapy. I know about that kind of hopelessness. I was there, and without even the hope of having hope again.
      That was 31 years ago, and once I got on the road of healing, gradually the crap started falling away. Not every day has been a good day, but every day has been a BETTER day than the ones I went through carrying that bag of s**t around.
      There are many people who have become or will become aware of your situation, and some will offer to help if they know you, The rest of us will Pray for you, and ask God to restore HOPE to you, and courage, and, eventually, Peace. It will come, one day at a time, I promise you. All you need to do is be willing, and to reach out for the help. You have already started reaching out by posting here.. You will be in my prayers tonight, and every night as long as I live. May God Bless you !

  33. Sylvia says:

    A picture of convicted child molester Father John E Sullivan has finally been added to the page. It’s taken a while, but there it is.

    Many thanks tot he person who heard I was looking for a picture and sent this my way 🙂

    PJ, – all of you – am thinking of you.

  34. Joe Gregoire says:

    As terrible as these acts of abuse are, it’s even more distraught to know that individuals are taking advantage of the judicial system for their own financial gain.

    • 1 abandoned sheep says:

      Joe, what do you mean by * taking advantage — for their own financial gain?
      Sounds like you do not like the Church having to pay damages awarded by the Courts.

    • PJ says:

      Joe: Sounds like you are a defender of that church or it’s pervert collars. Since you have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about AND you likely have no idea what it’s like to go through that kind of abuse, perhaps you should shut your pie hole. Sad that you would write such crap without even taking the time to do some research. I could say more but I reserve that right. Have a good life.

      • Bandson says:

        Poor Joe..He wants “it” all to go away..why else would he make such an unbeleiveably stupid statement..”individuals are taking advantage of the judicial system for their own financial gain”.Joe..speak to your parish priest, your bishop…write to the pope…you want “it” to go away maybe “they” should be acting, their churches are empty..we the people want action..in the meantime get down on your knees and thank God for the courage of these “individuals”..by their actions and re-actions these “evil men of the cloth” are getting some real attention,not only in the courts, not only in the news, but in the hearts of the faithful…PJ and others stay strong our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  35. B says:

    I assume Joe is expressing shock that so many diocese are trying to cover up or deny sexual abuse cases to prevent having to pay lawful damages to the victims? Truly, that is almost more distressing than the original horrifying acts of abuse.

    • PJ says:

      This is the problem with cryptic posts…it can be taken in more than one direction. Would be so much better if the writer would explain what they mean more clearly. Will wait to see what Joe says.

  36. JG says:

    No! Joe is just a good catholic! In church every Sunday, probably in the same seat, same Parish where he was born. He is in charge of the “collection” basket and he sees all the money ,all the efforts to try and maintain the past…the roof needs fixing and the furnace is still siphoning more than its fill of expensive oil. It is still too cold and the paint is peeling from the ceiling.
    That’s all Joe has taken the time to examine closely and he hasn’t really grasped that the victims of those priests were innocent children. He knows just what his conscience wants to face and he can’t let his church accept any more blame than it has. He has to find something evil outside of his church and his priests. He has just enough sympathy to not entirely blame the victims: their desires for financial gain is his best explanation, one that he can accept. I assume Joe “Gregoire” remembers how the poor and needy in small french communities had to measure their Faith and worth by “the sweat of their brows” …how monsignor appeased the growling stomachs by reminding everyone that the “poor would inherit”…It was like a sin to have and acquire wealth and be too comfortable. … Except for Monsignor!
    Joe was brainwashed and he is fighting the new information.
    He is trying to survive. I don’t excuse him.I feel sorry for him to have been so deceived all these years, like the rest of us.
    The victims should be well compensated…without any attached guilt.
    jg

    • 1 abandoned sheep says:

      JG- Do you think this might be one of Fr. Sullivan’s plants, trying to throw all off course?
      Or, is it just a bit of garbage flowing from a guilty mind?

  37. JG says:

    1a sheep,
    I don’t believe so. I could give you a list of names in my area, in a number of conversations I have had, who simply can’t really accept that this abuse occurred. He probably only remembers the large amounts of some settlements such as the St-Croix in Montreal…and now the Redemptorists in Quebec who are in the headlines. Everyone is talking “millions” and he is comparing himself to those victims he can only call “individuals”… The church and the abusers are still finding some excuse in the same line, “it is all about the money”. It has filtered down and is sticking to those who only give it a passing thought once in a while. They don’t see the big picture, don’t really want to see it . A matter of psychological “survival”….
    A victim of a different kind, abuse of a different kind. Cerebral as opposed to genital!
    jg

  38. Disgusted Catholic III says:

    Can a couple of you posters here maybe inform everyone of what it takes and how long a civil suit takes. I don’t think that once he’s found guilty that a cheque is handed out the next day. Can someone take us through the process. It might help others understand that it’s not a walk in the park. Can a few of you give us some first hand in site to this process.

  39. PJ says:

    DC III: The pervert collar that abused about 11 of us (the collar is the one found in this thread) pleaded guilty in all 4 of the jurisdictions in 1990 for his crimes dating between the 60s and 70s. About 32 charges in all but he strung us all along in these cases until the week before trial dates and then pleaded guilty. It took a couple of years for the process to complete and he was sentenced to 2 years and another 6 months however I doubt he did the full sentence. It wasn’t until about 2010 that I felt I was strong enough to pursue litigation. It is a brutal process and is still ongoing. I am pissed off at that church, the pervert collar, and the other collars and lawyers that are dragging this process out but in reality, it’s costing them much more than what a simple acknowledgement and settlement would have been had they done the right thing. So although they drag their heels, postpone, delay, deny, their legal fees are likely huge and the longer they want to go, the better I feel because I will win in the end. The whole process is truly agonizing and for those that think it’s an easy ticket to money you are only fooling yourself. So why am I going through this?? Because the more of us that gather the courage and resolve to confront that church in a public manner, the more that others who were also abused will find the courage to step forward. My first step back in 1989 began while watching the Mount Cashel inquiry. The courage of those men coming forward and exposing their hearts and souls in public inspired me to promise to do the same if I knew my abuser was still alive. 3 weeks later, I read a tiny article about a collar being charged in North Bay and it was him…the rest is history. And I’m not done with that pervert collar either….

  40. Sylvia says:

    Father John E Sullivan’s next courtdate is:

    11 February 2014: 09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    On and on and on it goes…. The only for sure is that it is still limping toward trial.

    This is so terribly terribly hard on the complainant – keep him in your prayers.

  41. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John E Smith Sullivan is:

    25 February 2014: 09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to be spoken to,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    On and on and on it goes. And yes, please do keep the complainant in your prayers.

  42. PJ says:

    I think you meant sullivan not smith eh? That POS.

  43. Sylvia says:

    Right you are PJ. Thank you. I have corrected 🙂

  44. Sylvia says:

    Father Sullivan’s next court date is:

    06 May 2014: 09:30 am, #101, “to set a date for trial”

    Can you believe it? To set a date for trial?!!! Now that sounds like a little progress. I am sure the complainants are at least somewhat relieved that the revolving door has closed. Keep them in your prayers.

  45. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for previously convicted clerical molester Father John Sullivan is:

    09 December 2014: 09:30 am, courtroom #101 “to set a date for trial,” North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    This is taking a long time for charges laid in 2012.

    Please keep those complainants in your prayers

  46. Sylvia says:

    The next courtdate for Father Sullivan is:

    17 February 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers. This is just dragging on and on and on

  47. DJM says:

    I remember that coming to our place, I was young but the more I think of him I get more knots in my stomach. My heart goes out to all of you that were taken advantage of like that. The #’;+&%$:— will never pay enough for what he did to my brothers and others

    • PJ says:

      Just as he did to me and my brothers. Not only in our home, at the church, in his car, the theatre downtown…this pervert collar is still being supported by other collars and that church. Makes me sick.

  48. Sylvia says:

    The next courtdate for Father John Sullivan is:

    10 March 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    As I’ve said so often before, this just goes on and on and on.

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

  49. Sylvia says:

    The next courtdate for Father John Sullivan is:

    16 June 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    On and on and on… and on and on and on….

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

  50. clhoe says:

    Sylvia – has anyone thought to send all this info to the Vatican addressed only to the new pope who seems empathetic and compassionate – perhaps he would be in your / all the ppls who have been abused -“court” . perhaps? worth a shot? Also is there a class action suit, or can there be ? reason I ask- while the useless excuse for a human ( or rather inhumane ) was in Midland Ontario @ st. margarets MANY boys were sexually abused – approx. 10+ Two of which committed suicide!!! pls respond . thank you

    • Sylvia says:

      Usually in Ontario sex abuse lawsuits are filed individually Chloe. I believe there have been several lawsuits suits filed regarding Father John E. Sullivan but I have no idea how many.

      As for sending the info to the Vatican, I will have to think about that. Pope Francis set up that commission which meets twice a year – that seems to be his response to the sexual abuse scandal within the Church.

  51. clhoe says:

    I am sick by all this – my heart goes out to all those who were unfortunate enough to have known him – I hope he gets what he deserves – I am 100% certain there are more persons out there who have been abused by this fn’ monster who have not come forward… Can there be a way to compile all persons whose lives he ruined so to present this to the courts so they see just how large this case really is…. and again how can a class action-suit happen???

    • Sylvia says:

      There is no way to force victims to speak chloe. The only hope is that those who were molested by this wolf in sheep’s clothing speak out.

  52. PJ says:

    clhoe: I don’t doubt for a minute that there are others who were abused by this pervert. I don’t expect you to say anything but were you one of his many victims? There was a conviction and an insulting prison term (to the victims) back in the late 80s early 90s. I doubt frankie will do anything as he has not done anything for us since he became that church’s leader…except smile and take selfies. For more info on your question on pursuit of litigation against this pervert, you might want to contact one of the best lawyers in the country with experience in this field of collar sexual abuse, Robert Talach out of London ON. Sylvia has my email if you want to contact me.

  53. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    21 July 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    What can I say? The revolving door.

    Please, as always. keep the complainants, their families, and Father Sullivan’s many victims in your prayers.

  54. Sylvia says:

    Yes, alas, the revolving door….

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    11 August 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Yet again, and as always, please keep the complainants, their families, and Father Sullivan’s many victims in your prayers.

  55. PJ says:

    It’s too bad that pervert POS and the collars defending him don’t realize that their actions speak volumes about how low they can go to hide the truth. Damn them all.

  56. Sylvia says:

    And on and on it goes…

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    08 September 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Those poor souls who turned to the court seeking justice three long years ago!!! Please keep them in your prayers.

  57. jg says:

    Reading this page again and trying to make sense of all the delays only one word comes to mind: ridiculous!
    They have managed to make us loose faith in the Church(“0” on the meter!) and are doing a very good job in cementing the loss of faith in the formerly known as the “Justice system”.
    It is a farce but everyone has stopped laughing.

    To the victims of this abuser, whatever the outcome of this circus in the year 2025, you have already won your case; he is hiding with the rest of the rats in the sewers of humanity! That’s the reason for the bad smell.
    I hope you can find the Peace you so clearly deserve.
    Staying with you all the way even during the times of silence; you are not alone!
    jg

  58. Sylvia says:

    Here we go again…
    The revolving door….

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    22 September 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    As always, keep the many victims of this wolf in sheep’s clothing in your prayers

  59. PJ says:

    When we laid charges back in 1989, the courts seemed to move much faster then, not like now when the tail wags the dog. He’s not a wolf in sheeps clothing, he’s a convicted pedophile, a pervert, and many other things I can’t say. To those who have laid charges against him now, please remain strong…my prayers and those of many others are with you.

  60. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    27 October 2015: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Dare I say yet again: ‘On and on and on it goes…..’

    As always, as this case meanders it way along, presumably toward trial, please keep the many victims of Father John Sullivan in your prayers

  61. PJ says:

    Starting to sound like the North Bay Courthouse is actually a kangaroo court…hard to believe judges there would allow this pervert collar and his lawyer to play them off as fools.

  62. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    12 January 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Please keep Father Sullivan’s many victims in your prayers.

    • BC says:

      … just a small typo Sylvia that`ll be 12 -01-2016… indeed we`re going into the fifth year since Father Sullivan who is still a convicted cleric despite Pope Francis`s allocution to the effect that convicted perverts don`t belong in the clergy, was charged (again).

  63. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    I really wonder how many times this twisted pervert needs to be “spoken to” before he has the opportunity to dance with big Bubba, if he hasn’t already.
    I hope his bishop and fellow priests are proud of him.
    I can’t imagine the feeling of despair and anger this cock roach’s victims are feeling right now. I wish I could be there to support you. Mike.

  64. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Here I go again! Is this vermin still a priest of God? Mike.

  65. PJ says:

    Yes, this piece of shit is still a collar. He and his defenders are the proof that that church does not care about the victims. Makes me sick!

  66. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Shame on the church, and the same goes for those involved in our judiciary. This is terrible and indefensible. Mike.

  67. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    09 February 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    On and on and on and on it goes!

    Please keep the many many victims of this wolf in sheep’s clothing in your prayers.

  68. PJ says:

    This POS pervert should have been defrocked decades ago. He and his lawyer are making a mockery of the judicial system. How do they sleep at night?

  69. PJ says:

    And then there’s this joker from Calgary who is insulted by the school board decision…claims it’s anti-catholic. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-school-board-gender-rights-catholic-bishop-1.3404077
    Another fine example of why that church has it’s priorities so wrong. CLEAN UP YOUR PERVERT COLLARS FIRST!!!

  70. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    PJ – have you attended any of these hearings? Will you be in North Bay on the 16th? Also, do you know if Sullivan will be there? Mike.

  71. PJ says:

    No Mike as I’m in the Maritimes. That pervert has never shown up at any of his dates…claiming illnesses and feebleness. Better not ever cross my path.

  72. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Okay PJ. I was just thinking I might go up if I can find out if the vermin will be attending. Mike.

  73. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Father John Sullivan is:

    09 February 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #101, North Bay, Ontario court house (360 Plouffe Street)

    Please keep the complainants and Father Sullivan’s many victims in your prayers.

  74. PJ says:

    I wish the whole story could be told…

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