Eugene Larocque, former Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, now ministers to the flock at St. Anne R. C. Church in Tecumseh and lives in St. Anne’s rectory adjacent to the church.
Adrian St. Louis alleged he was sexually abused by Larocque. A lawsuit field by St. Louiswound up in a legal quagmire. In December 2008 the diocese issued a statement saying that St. Louis exonerated Larocque. I had heard that St. Louis was going to rebut that claim. To date, that has not happened. My understanding is that St. Louis still alleges he was sexually abused by Larocque.
Ron Leroux alleged he was sexually abused by Larocque. Leroux took the stand at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Leroux truly didn’t know whether he was coming or going when he took the stand and should never have been allowed to testify in that condition. His testimony ended prematurely when he was finally deemed unfit to testify.
Leroux’s muddled testimony was allowed to stand and claims were made that he recanted his previous allegations of a paedophile ring. In truth Ron recanted and then recanted his recantations and finally admitted he was so confused he didn’t know what he was talking about anymore.
True enough too, Ron was not what one would call a stellar witness. However, Ron claims that he was interrogated and/or coached for hours on end before taking the stand and that by the time he took the stand he was so confused he didn’t know whether he was coming or going. To top it off, he was in there without a lawyer!
It was quite a dirty mess. I have talked to Ron since, and, with his permission, have our conversation on tape. Ron Leroux did not, as is claimed by so many, recant. But, alas, thanks to his stint on the stand at the inquiry, he has lost all credibility. For the record though, Ron Leroux never once recanted his sex abuse allegations against “Father” Eugene Larocque. And, for the record and for those who know nothing of this, Ron Leroux admitted to a CBC reporter that he himself had been part of the paedophile ring (scroll down to “Breach of Trust).
Back then to Bishop Larocque and why, while visiting Windsor, I snapped the pictures below.
For several years – as a result of the allegations against him – Larocque was not permitted to say public masses or hear confessions. I have been told that last year the powers that be decided that there were no credible allegations against Larocque and that hence he could resume actively ministering to the Roman Catholic flock in Tecumseh. It is unknown if a canonical inquiry was ever conducted into the sex abuse allegations against Larocque.
One final note here: It was Bishop Eugene Larocque who pulled political strings which allowed convicted clerical molester and Montfortian priest Carl Stone to serve in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall and, believe it or not, serve his probation in Canada (Stone was convicted in Albany, NY). Stone’s probation officer was Ken Seguin, an ex-seminarian turned probation officer who was later the subject of numerous allegations of sex abuse. Seguin committed suicide.