The Brockville Recorder
Monday, January 29, 2018 4:36:52 EST PM
A handcuffed Brian Lucy is led from a police van to Brockville jail after being sentenced to five years in prison for indecent assault and gross indecency on Friday, October 2, 2015. (FILE PHOTO)
A former church organist and youth leader pleaded guilty on Monday to the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old boy starting in the early 1990s.
Brian Joseph Lucy, 69, was organist of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Gananoque and leader of the church’s Junior Knights youth group when he used his “position of trust or authority” to exploit the boy, according to a statement of facts read into the record by Crown Attorney Megan Williams.
The victim, who can’t be identified by court order, was a “troubled teen,” member of the Junior Knights, an altar boy and had attended St. John’s for a number of years before the abuse started in the early 1990s, according to the facts agreed to by Lucy’s lawyer. Lucy also was a “trusted friend” of the boy’s family and longtime church organist.
Lucy took the boy, who was in Grade 9 at the time, to his Gananoque apartment and plied him with whisky before the sexual abuse that started with touching and expanded to anal and oral sex over the next five years or so.
Lucy admitted to more than 100 sexual encounters with the youth before he reached the age of 18, often two or three times a week and sometimes lasting four to five hours.
It was the boy’s first sexual experience, according to the court statement in Brockville’s Superior Court.
The victim said he had been “brainwashed” into thinking the encounters were OK, the court was told.
Over the years, the victim was given alcohol and paid $20 or $25 or a case of beer for the encounters.
On several occasions, Lucy invited two “older men” over to have sex with the victim, court was told. The men were given fake names to hide their identity, according to the statement of facts.
Lucy also played for the victim a video recording of Lucy having sex with another boy, court heard.
Two years ago Lucy was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to indecent assault and gross indecency in connection with encounters with youths in the late 1970s and early 1990s. He was also guilty of possession of child pornography for a stack of Polaroid pictures he had taken of one of his young victims.
After reading news accounts of the sentencing, the latest victim approached Gananoque Police with accounts of his encounters with Lucy. Police described the victim as being distraught and trembling as he told his 26-year-old story.
Justice John Johnston of the Ontario Superior Court ordered a mental-health assessment and remanded Lucy to March 9 for victim-impact statements and a sentencing hearing. Sexual exploitation carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
Lucy, a balding, portly man who turns 70 in March, is still in the Joyceville Penitentiary serving time on the previous convictions.