Five priests arrested in Joliette

Five priests arrested in Joliette

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The five priests were arrested in a residence of their congregation, in Joliette.

Five religious, all members of the Clerics of Saint-Viateur, were arrested by the Sûreté du Québec in Joliette in a residence of their congregation. They will have to answer charges of a sexual nature against minors.

The five men were transported to the Sûreté du Québec station in Mascouche for questioning.

The crimes alleged against the five suspects, aged 78 to 88, were allegedly committed between 1961 and 1989 in Rigaud in Montérégie, in Pohénégamook in Témiscouata, in Matane in Gaspésie and in La Minerve, in the Laurentians.

Jean Pilon 78 years old, Gérard Whissell 81 years old, Roger Larue 88 years old, Laurent Madore 83 years old and Raoul Jomphe 86 years old, who taught in colleges in particular, will face several charges, including gross indecency, sexual assault and attack modesty.

Although several victims have been identified by the police to date, the Sûreté du Québec encourages anyone who has information about this case or who may have been the victim of the suspects to contact the Sûreté du Québec Criminal Information Center.

Collective action against the Clerics of Saint-Viateur

In a letter sent to the media, the law firm Arsenault Dufresne Wee recalls that it represents 270 people currently registered as part of a class action [une procédure intentée au civil] against the Congregation of the Clerics of Saint Viator of Canada.

The facts alleged by several of the complainants “performed mainly at Bourget College, but also in around twenty other establishments“, Specifies the law firm which underlines that since the abolition by the government of Quebec of the limitation period for the civil remedies, it is from now on possible to denounce sexual assaults at any time.

Hundreds of people are registered in Quebec in various collective actions against religious congregations to obtain reparation following sexual assaults or reprehensible behavior on the part of religious towards them.
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