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Brian Lucy (Picture from Journey, Christmas 2011)

Brian Lucy (Picture from Journey, Christmas 2011)

Brian J. Lucy

Brian Joseph Lucy

Organist.  Since 1969 has played organ at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Gananoque, Ontario (Kingston Archdiocese).  I believe he may also have served as choir director?

According to media reports, was leader of Gananoque St. John’s Roman Catholic Church Junior Knights youth group.

Charged 27 August 2013 – one count of indecent assault on a male and one count of gross indecency.  The allegations date between 01 January 1977 and 03 January 1983.  GUILTY PLEA Friday 02 October 2015 – sentenced to five years in prison

21 December 2015:  Back in court to answer to NEW charge of gross indecency  29 January 2018:    GUILTY PLEA to sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old boy which started in the 1990s.  According to the agreed upon statements of facts, Lucy, who was a trusted friend of the boy’s family and Church organist, sexually abused the boy numerous times before the boy turned 18.  The abuse, which included oral and anal sex, often lasted for four to five hours.  Lucy also invited two older men to have sex with the boy, and he showed the victim a video of himself (Lucy) having sex with another boy.

28 May 2018:  Sentenced to three years in jail

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Second trial

 Defence:  Mark MacDonald     Judge:  Justice John Johnson    Prosecutor:  Jacqueline Masse

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 Of Interest

Christmas 2011 (Journey – Kingston Archdiocese publication)  page 6:  “My role as organist” by Brian Lucy  (Scroll down page for text version)

26 March 2008:  Trust and conscience go hand in hand

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MEDIA Coverage & BLOGS

28 May 2018:  Sex abuser gets three years

29 January 2018:  Former church organist guilty of sex crimes

07 February 2017: “New sex charges laid against former Gananoque church organist” & related article

21 December 2015:  Brian Lucy facing more sex-related charges

02 October 2015:  Brian Lucy, 67, of Gananoque sentenced to five years in prison on child sex charges

20 March 2015:  GANANOQUE POLICE: Historic sex assault charge added

19 July 2014:  BLOG Still not all sorted out

17 July 2014:  BLOG In case you missed it

04 June 2014:  “Former church organist faces more sex related charges” & related article

09 October 2013:   Gananoque Police Service Media Release “Charges Laid in Historical Sexual Assault”

10 September 2013:  Sexual Assault – Gananoque

09 October 2013: “Church organist faces sex charges” & related articles

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28 May 2018:  Sentenced to three years in prison

January 2018:  GUILTY plea

21 December 2015New charge of gross indecency

02 October 2015:  GUILTY plea and sentencing seem to have all  wrapped up in one day during what was originally scheduled as a pre-trial (usually conducted in chambers and not open to public)  Sentenced to five years

20 March 2015:  New charges laid:  indecent assault on a male, and gross indecency

04 December 2014committed to stand trial on two child porn charges, one charge of indecent assault of a male, and one count of gross indecency

June (?) 2014:  in or about this time faced  two charges of breaching his bail conditions and a possession of child porn charge

09 October 2013: Gananoque Police Service Media Release

October 9th, 2013

Charges Laid in Historical Sexual Assault

On October 4th, 2013, a 65 year old Gananoque man appeared in Brockville Court for
incidents that occurred in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. An investigation was commenced in July and as a result:

Brian LUCY, 65, of Gananoque has been charged with:

1)  Indecent assault on a male
2) Gross indecency

LUCY was released from custody on a promise to appear and undertaking before an officer in charge. He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville on October 25, 2013 for his next court date.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Gananoque Police Service at 613-382-4422 or 613-382-4509.
Authorized. Chief G. Hull

07 October 2013:   St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church website 07 October 2013

Choir
Brian Lucy is the organist at St. John the Evangelist Church and you are welcomed to join him and our choir for our Sunday Masses.  Brian will take you through a vast array of sacred music. Brian is an excellent vocalist.

06 October 2013:  St. John the Evangelist Church bulletin:  ( Church bulletin no organist 06 October 2013)

Music in the Church:   We cannot always predict when certain events occur and often the timing seems not to be our preference. As you are aware at this time we do not have an organist and choir director. However, we are searching for someone to play the organ for funerals and hopefully for Sundays. This search will be a major task and for many Sundays we may not have music. The music ministry at St. John’s could grow and evolve into a different fashion such as a combination of traditional and modern genres with a goal of fostering a beautiful worship style of music. This of course will take time to develop. In the meantime please pray that in our search we will come upon the right persons to lead us through musical accompaniment.

Do you have a gift or know of someone who could share their gift – Keyboard/Organ/Voice and other Instruments: Please speak with Father Amato or email [email protected] We understand that scheduling is important and all aspects will be reviewed

27 August 2013:  Arrested.  Charged (Sections 156 & 157 of the Criminal Code of Canada)

May 2013: the following was advertised in various venues and Church bulletins:

MUSICAL CHAIRS

– A Benefit for St. John’s Church in Gananoqu:  Featuring Island Voices and Gananoque Choral Society with  selections of organ music by Brian Lucy. Sun May 26 at 2 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church, 270 Stone Street S., Gananoque. Only $15. Please call 613.382.4081 to reserve your seat today! Refreshments following the concert.

1948: Year of birth

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My Role as Church  Organist

Journey

Christmas 2011 (Volume XXIII Number 4) 

By Brian J Lucy

Each Sunday during my ascent to the organ loft the consciousness of the Divine becomes overwhelming. From the first to the last notes played, I find no greater exhilaration in life than being a church organist. Since 1969, I’ve had the privilege to play the organ at St. John’s Parish in Gananoque. Over the years, I’ve also been blessed with not only a fine musical instrument but a truly great choir.

My position as organist is not merely a job, it’s a vocational commitment. I’m employed not to be an entertainer, the star of the show, but a facilitator who helps generate an atmosphere for worship. My primary role is that of leading the congregation in such a way that they are stimulated and encouraged to join fully into the musical life of the liturgy. Together, through music, I, as organist, and the congregation, as choir, form a team that complements and confirms each of our musical roles.

Being prepared for worship is not an option; it is essential. Preparedness involves scanning the readings and psalm, not just once, but many times during the week to arrive at the sense required to choose the proper hymns and incidental music, organ or choral. This requires a committed prayer life  with  the ability to listen. Prayer and meditation become my greatest assets. In silent reflection, I listen not to what I want to hear but where the Holy Spirit leads.  The congregation’s musical response tells me whether or not I have listened correctly.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize, as Father preaches from the pulpit, that I also preach from the console. The music I select, choral as well as organ, must blend and fold into the liturgy, not stand apart from it. I’ve realized that the congregation should never be ex- posed to excessively loud organ or intrusive choral music. There’s a time and place for such music, but it needs to be used sparingly. The choir’s role is to join me in helping lead the congregational singing in such a way that those in the pews feel confident enough to join us in song. If the congregation is denied this inclusion in all aspects, Sun- day’s music becomes merely performance and worship suffers.

The congregation is not an audience to be entertained. I have the responsibility to see that they are able to join fully into the musical life of the liturgy and that their right supersedes all other forms of choral music. As organist, I must try to the best of my ability to find that balance which encourages, not discourages, prayer. The best feedback I can receive on Sunday morning is none at all. I then realize I’ve fulfilled my role as an organist by adding to and not detracting from worship. I’ve fulfilled my commitment by seeing that God is praised.

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History of court dates for both sets of charges

 

Next court date on NEW charges laid while incarcerated:

(January 2017 – committed to stand trial in Ontario Superior Court of Justice )

GUILTY plea January 2018

Next court date22 May  2018:  2 pm, sentencing, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square); 09 March 2018:  Victim Impact Statement and sentencing hearing,   Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

29 January 2018: 10 am, TRIAL  Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)10 April 2017: 10 am, to set a date, either for a guilty plea or sentencing, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square); 10 March 2017: 2 pm, judicial pre-trial (NOT open to the public) Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square); 21 February 2017:  12:30 pm. judicial pre-trial (NOT open to the public) Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square); 26 January 2017: 10, am. Preliminary Hearing, courtroom #2, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square); 27 May 2016:  09:00 am, “to be spoken to,”  Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square); 06 May 2016:  09:00 am, “to be spoken to,”  Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square) ; 11 March 2016: 09:00 am, “to be spoken to,”  Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square);   22 February 2016 :  10 am, tentative TRIAL date.  Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square)

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Court Dates from Previous charges

Next court date (on all charges – in Superior court):

02 October  2015: 10 am, Pretrial (in chambers), Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) ; 21 September 2015: 10 am, to set a date for pretrial motions,Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) ;   11 August 2015:   judicial pre-trial in chambers (NOT open to public); 01 June 2015: 10 am, Assignment Court, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) ; 30 March 2015:  10 am, Assignment court,  Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square); 11 March 2015:   Judicial pre-trial – in chambers (NOT open to the public) , 1 pm, Brockville, Ontario courthouse ; 05 January 2015: 10 am, assignment court, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) ; 03 December 2014: preliminary hearing, 10 am, courtroom #3, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) (this preliminary is scheduled for both “informations” dealing with the two separate set of charges.  It is in provincial court.)

Next court date:  (Second set of sex charges – eventually merged with others):  12 June 2015:  9 am, “to be spoken to,”  Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square); 10 April 2015: 09:00 am, “to be spoken to,”   Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square)

Next court date (child porn charges): 29 August 2014:  9 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #1,  Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) ; 01 August 2014:  re two charges of breaching his bail conditions and a possession of child porn charge, 09:00, courtroom #1  ; 05 June 2014:  bail hearing, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) Brockville, Ontario

Next court date (sex abuse charges):  after preliminary hearing was ordered to trial in Superior Court – awaiting first court date in that process;  18 July 2014 :  09:00 am, courtroom #1, ; 25 June 2014:  10:00 am, Preliminary Hearing (booked for one day – open to the public – will probably  have a ban on publication of all testimony), Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square);  25 October 2013:  09:00 am, courtroom #1,  Brockville, Ontario courthouse04 October 2013:  Brockville, Ontario courthouse

23 Responses to Lucy: Brian Lucy

  1. Sylvia says:

    There is a one-day Preliminary Hearing booked for Brian Lucy in Brockville, Ontario:

    25 June 2014: 10:00 am, Preliminary Hearing (booked for one day), Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

  2. Sylvia says:

    Re the preliminary hearing – it is open to the public. There will I am certain be a publication ban on all testimony and evidence and hence no media coverage of testimony and no ability for anyone to report what they hear, but the public is free to attend.

  3. joe says:

    Howabout lucey’s new charges for child Pornography dated this week

  4. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Brian Lucy is:

    03 December 2014: 10 am, Preliminary Hearing, courtroom #3, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square)

    This preliminary is scheduled for both “informations” dealing with the two separate set of charges against Lucy. It will be heard in provincial court.

    I had previously been told that Lucy was committed to stand trial in Ontario Superior Court on the sex abuse charges – and to check in September for related upcoming courtdates. Well, it’s end October and Brian Lucy is not in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice data base! I think perhaps the breach of bail and child porn charges are being merged with sex abuse charges? It looks that way, but I don’t understand why there seems to nothing happening at the superior court level?

    If anyone can enlighten me please do 🙂

    Meanwhile, the one for sure is that there is a preliminary hearing scheduled for 03 December 2014. Mark your calendars!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Brian Lucy’s next court date is:

    05 January 2015: 10 am, assignment court, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square)

    Lucy has now been committed to stand trial on two child porn charges, one indecent assault of a male charge, and one charge of gross indecency

  6. Sylvia says:

    There are two upcoming courtdates for Brian Lucy, one open tot he public and one not:

    11 March 2015: Judicial pre-trial – this hearing is conducted in chambers and is NOT open to the public ( 1 pm, Brockville, Ontario courthouse)

    30 March 2015: 10 am, Assignment court, Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square). This proceeding IS open to the public.

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

  7. Sylvia says:

    There are several court dates scheduled for Brian Lucy. As you may recall, there are two sets of charges against Lucy currently winding their way through the courts: the first set are those which include both sex and child porn charges; the second set are more sex charges. ( After a preliminary hearing Lucy was been ordered to stand trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on the first set of charges.)

    So, here is the news on upcoming court dates, first on the first set of charges (all court dates are in the Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square) :

    (1) A trial has been tentatively scheduled for 22 February 2016
    (2) 11 August 2015: Judicial pre-trial conference in chambers (this is NOT open tot he public)
    (3) 21 September 2015: to set a date for pre-trial motions

    On the second set of charges
    (1) 12 June 2015: “to be spoken to”

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers

  8. Sylvia says:

    Look at this! The pre-trial was occasion for Lucy to enter his guilty plea. I am sick.

    From the Kingston Whig Standard

    Brian Lucy, 67, of Gananoque sentenced to five years in prison on child sex charges

    Wayne Lowrie

    By Wayne Lowrie, Gananoque Reporter

    Friday, October 2, 2015 5:21:56 EDT PM

    BROCKVILLE — A former church organist, who pleaded guilty to indecent assault and gross indecency on two youths more than three decades ago, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday.

    Brian Joseph Lucy, 67, of Gananoque also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography for a stack of Polaroid pictures that he took of himself having sex with the main victim, a boy who was 13 at the time.

    The incidents took place between January 1977 and January 1983 at Lucy’s home in Gananoque or in his car. There were two victims — one who had a six-year relationship with Lucy beginning when the boy was 13, and a second who had a single encounter with Lucy when the lad was 16 or 17. The victims can’t be identified by court order.

    In recounting the facts of the case, which were agreed to by the defence, crown prosecutor Alan Findlay said Lucy was a prominent Gananoque citizen at the time, in his early 30s, an organist and pillar of the Catholic church, and a man of some wealth in comparison to his victims.

    Lucy would find his main victim at the local video arcade and pay the boy $20 or $40 an encounter for anal and oral sex, which was big money for a poor kid in the 1970s, Findlay said.

    Lucy repeatedly told the boy — then just entering puberty — that the boy was gay and would be an outcast in town if he ever told of the encounters, Findlay said.

    In a victim impact statement that he read in court, the victim, now 51, said his shame and disgust at the encounters led to a lifetime of alcohol and drug abuse, constant rage, a criminal record, five stints in rehabilitation centres, a suicide attempt and continuing confusion about his sexuality.

    At the age of 15, he was an alcoholic who kept a bottle of booze in his school locker. He attempted suicide once, “but I was too much of a coward to go through with it.” Instead, he slashed himself all over his body.

    The victim said he used drugs and alcohol to dampen the feelings of shame and disgust. He remembered taking a three-hour bath after the first encounter with Lucy to “get the dirty feelings off of me.”

    The victim said the encounters also affected his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, which he stopped attending in 1979.

    “I feel Brian Lucy is in league with Lucifer and is hiding behind the Catholic Church,” he said. “I feel betrayed by the Catholic Church.

    The victim said the two-year court process leading up to Lucy’s guilty plea had affected him emotionally, forcing him to relive those years of abuse. He said he would be heading back into rehab after the sentencing.

    “I wanted to be a criminal lawyer, but ended up a criminal,” he said.

    In an impact statement filed with the court, the second victim said that he was overcome with shame and guilt and he has never forgiven himself for the encounter, for which he was paid $20. Those feelings led to years of drug and alcohol abuse, and it has been only recently that he managed to turn himself around.

    In arguing for the five-year sentence, Findlay told Superior Court Justice John Johnston that Lucy used the victim “at a vulnerable age to satisfy his own selfish needs.”

    Findlay said Lucy plied the boy with alcohol to lower his inhibitions, “so he could take advantage of a child to have sex with him.”

    Lucy used his relative wealth to exploit two children to have his way with them, Findlay said.

    The crime was made worse by the fact that Lucy video-recorded and took pictures of the sexual encounters and kept them for his own pleasure over the decades, Findlay said. (Gananoque police discovered the Polaroids during a search of Lucy’s condo in August 2013, but videotapes were never recovered.)

    Findlay said the five-year sentence would send a message to the victims and the community that the victims have nothing to be ashamed of — the blame rests entirely with Lucy.

    Lucy’s lawyer, Mark MacDonald, who agreed with the five-year sentence, said his client has no criminal record and that there is no evidence to indicate that he offended again after 1983. He noted that Lucy pleaded guilty, saving court time and the victims from having to testify in open court. (Lucy has gone through pretrial hearings, at which the main victim testified, but the testimony was not in public.)

    His client — a soft-spoken, portly, balding man who wore a worn blue sweater to court — has health problems, MacDonald said. Lucy takes medication for heart trouble, he said.

    In accepting the defence-prosecution recommendation of a five-year sentence, Johnston noted the significant impact that Lucy’s crimes had on his young victims.

    The sentence is needed to “denounce this conduct — the sexual abuse of our children.”

    Johnston said Lucy’s guilty plea worked in his favour.

    “You have admitted to the community as a whole and to these two men that you, not they, are guilty,” the judge said.

    Lucy received three years for indecent assault on his main victim, one year for gross indecency on his second, and one year for possession of child porn — the photos that he took.

    Lucy, a lifelong resident of Gananoque, is the son of Grant W. Lucy, founder of the Gananoque Boat Lines, and he was the organist at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church on Stone Street from 1969 until 2013 when the charges were laid against him.

    Lucy worked at low-income jobs for the later part of his life. His lawyer said that his only income now is his old-age pension.

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  9. Sylvia says:

    What kind of a message, pray tell, does a five year sentence send? We all know by now that he’ll wow them all with his best behavior and be out and about in the twinkle of an eye.

    Heartbreaking.

    Please keep the brave victims in your prayers. And, a big thank you to them for their courage.

  10. Sylvia says:

    I just called to find out if the Brian Lucy trial actually started today. Unfortunately all the computers at the courthouse are down 🙁 I will be calling back in a few hours when, hopefully, the computers will be up and running again and we can find out what the status is on this second set of criminal charges which Lucy is now facing.

  11. Sylvia says:

    There is no trial today. Brian Lucy’s next court date is:

    11 March 2016: 09:00 am, “to be spoken to,” Brockville Ontario Courthouse ((41 Court House Square)

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers

  12. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Brian Lucy is:

    06 May 2016: 09:00 am, “to be spoken to,” Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers

  13. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for previously convicted and currently incarcerated Brian Lucy is:

    27 May 2016: 09:00 am, “to be spoken to,” Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers

  14. Sylvia says:

    A Preliminary Hearing has been set for Brian Lucy:

    26 January 2017: 10 am, Preliminary Hearing, courtroom #2, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    I know that’s a long way downstream, but mark your calendars now. It will be open to the public. It’s like a mini trial where the judge determines if he/she believes there is a sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. I don’t yet know how many days are booked for the hearing – it may only be one, and may be two or more. There will be a publication ban prohibiting media from reporting testimony and evidence, but, as I said, the public can attend.

  15. Sylvia says:

    Brian Lucy has been committed to stand trial in the Ontario superior Court of Justice. His next court date is:

    21 February 2017: 12:30 pm. judicial pre-trial (NOT open to the public) Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    Note that this is NOT open to the public. This is a meeting between defence, the Crown and judge.

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

  16. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Brian Lucy is:

    10 March 2017: 2 pm, judicial pre-trial (NOT open to the public) Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    As you might have guessed his pre-trial hearing of yesterday was, for reasons unknown, adjourned and has been rescheduled to the above date.

    Note again that this upcoming court date is NOT open to the public.

    Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

  17. Sylvia says:

    The next court date for Brian Lucy is:

    10 April 2017: 10 am, to set a date, either for a guilty plea or sentencing, Superior Court of Justice, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

  18. Sylvia says:

    Obviously the last court date for Brian Lucy was not for a guilty plea or sentencing, witness the following a trial date has been set.

    29 January 2018: 10 am, TRIAL Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square)

    Yes, that’s for next year.

    I don’t as yet know how many days have been booked for trial. The lady who could give me that information was not available. I shall try to reach her again some time this week.

    Please keep the complainant in your prayers

  19. Sylvia says:

    Brain Lucy will be sentenced 22 May 2018:

    22 May 2018: 2 pm, sentencing, Brockville Ontario courthouse (41 Court House Square).

    Please keep his victims in your prayers

  20. Sylvia says:

    Thank you bc. It is posted:

    28 May 2018: Sex abuser gets three years.

    How three years comes close to reflecting the seriousness of the crime and society’s revulsion at crimes against children is beyond me. But, good for the victim for having the courage to speak up. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  21. Melanie Kippen says:

    Did they ever find out who the accomplice(s) was/were or who the “older men” were who were invited to partake of the sexual activity?

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