Priest, Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Manitoba. Ordained 01 July 1966. 1995 CONVICTED sex abuse three boys in 70s and early 80s. 1995: Sentence of 30 months reduced on appeal to 20 months (due to medical condition)
Archbishops of Archdiocese of Saint Boniface from time of Father Rene Touchette’s ordination: Bishop of Diocese of St. Maurice Baudoux (14 September 1955 – 07 September 1974) ; Antoine Hacault (07 September 1974 – 13 April 2000 ); Émilius Goulet, P.S.S. (23 June 2001 – 03 July 2009); Albert LeGatt (03 July 2009 – – )
(Antoine Hacault served as Auxiliary Bishop from 30 July 1964 to his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop 28 October 1972)
18 December 2012: Father Rene Touchette obituary
14 March 2012: A strange saga
The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) which I have on hand, legal documents (L), media (M) and Obituary (Obit)
20 December 2012: funeral Mass at St. Boniface Cathedral (Obit
16 December 2012: Died at the St. Boniface General Hospital at age 71 (M)
26 & 27 November 2011: Archbishop Albert LeGatt Pastoral Message to parishioners at Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativite Parish in Somerset, Manitoba re “the sexual abuse perpetrated by some members of the clergy “in the “Somerset and Mountain region”
2011, 2010: apartment address on St. Anne St., Winnipeg, Manitoba (CCCD)
2002, 1999, 1998: B 18, 30 Chesterfield Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba (CCCD)
1997: B 18, 30 Chesterfield Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba (CCCD)
1996, 1995, 1993: address St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba with phone number for St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church 204-758-3454 (Pastor Father Marcel Carriere) (CCCD)
February 1995: due to medical condition 30 months sentence reduced to 20 months by Manitoba Court of Appeal. (L)
23 October 1992: “RCMP search church offices: papers related to sex assault allegations against ex-priest seized (Rev Rene Touchette)” -(title of article in Winnipeg Free Press – I don’t unfortunately have a copy)
1992: Pastor, St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church, St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba (CCCD) (according to media reports he was removed from the parish in May 1991)
14 December 1992: charged with four counts of indecent assault and four of gross indecency (M)
Early December 1992: launched a wrongful dismissal suit claiming he had been fired on the basis if innuendo and had never been charged with a crime (M)
May 1992: removed from St. Jean Baptiste after allegations of sexual misconduct. (M)
1991: Pastor, St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church, St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba (CCCD)
1990: suspended after complaint to special committee set up to hear allegations of sex abuse by priests (M)
1985-86: Pastor Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativite, Somerset, Manitoba (CCCD)
1973-1980: Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativite, Somerset, Manitoba (M)
sex abuse offences for which he was convicted transpired these years in Somerset (M)
1973-74: Pastor Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativite, Somerset, Manitoba (CCCD)
secretary, Montagne Pastoral Region (CCCD)
1971-72: not listed in index (CCCD)
1968-69: Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativite, Somerset, Manitoba (Pastor Father Roland Belanger) (CCCD)
01 July 1966: ORDAINED (CCCD) in his home parish of St. Antoine Roman Catholic Church in Aubigny, Manitoba by Archbishop Maurice Baudoux (Obit)
Pursued Philosophy studies at St. Boniface University, Manitoba (Obit) – obtained Bachelors degrees in Philosophy and in Education (Obit)
1947-1953: attended Provencher School in Aubigny, Manitoba (Obit)
07 May 1941: Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (Obit)
R. v. Rene Touchette
 Man. D. 7510‑01
Manitoba Court of Appeal
Coram: Huband, Philp, Helper, JJ.A.
January 31, 1995
SEXUAL OFFENCES ‑ INDECENT ASSAULT
(PARISH PRIEST ‑ MULTIPLE INCIDENTS ‑ MEDICAL CONDITION)
Trial: 30 months.
C/A: 20 months (Helper, J.A. dissenting).
Record: Not stated.
Facts: The accused was convicted on three separate counts of indecent assault. He was a parish priest. The three complainants were young men in the parish. Each testified of events which occurred in the 1970s or the very early 1980s. The accused suffers from cancer for which he has undergone surgery and is in the course of ongoing treatment.
Comment: The charges are most serious and the gravity of them is intensified by the reason that the accused was in a position of trust. The accused, denying the charges, is unrepentant. The accused’s medical condition arose subsequent to trial, but Crown counsel acknowledges that had it been known it might have operated as a mitigating factor. Were it not for this new consideration, the sentences imposed would clearly be fit. Under all the circumstances, the sentence is reduced to 20 months.
(4 pages) Man. Decisions ‑ February, 1995
R. Touchette in person
G. A. Lawlor for Crown
14 December 1992
MANITOU, Man. (CP)
A former Roman Catholic priest in Manitoba has been charged with sexually assaulting three boys more than a decade ago, RCMP said Monday.
Rene Touchette was removed from his parish in St. Jean Baptiste, Man., last May over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Earlier this month, he launched a wrongful dismissal suit, claiming he had been fired on the basis of innuendo and had never been charged with any crime.
The police investigation lasted six months and the alleged incidents with the boys occurred between 1973 and 1980 while Touchette was a priest in Somerset, Man., police said in a statement.
He is to appear in court today and will face four charges of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency.
Touchette was suspended in September 1990 after a complaint to a special church committee set up to hear allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
Somerset is a village of about 600 people, about 80 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.