Tuesday, January 25, 2011

40 charges

Man, 81, charged with 40 sex offences
By QMI Agency

Last Updated: January 24, 2011 12:52pm

StoryCommentsEmail StoryPrintSize A A AReport Typo.An 81-year-old New Brunswick man is facing 40 charges connected to alleged sexual offences dating back to 1970.

Albert LeBlanc of Bouctouche, N.B., who media reports say is a former priest, has been charged with 40 sexual offences against three people for acts that allegedly occurred between 1970 and 1985 while he was residing in Yarmouth County, N.S., RCMP said Monday.

The charges include 11 counts of indecent assault on a male and gross indecency, said Sgt. Brigdit Leger.

Leger said the victims were between the ages of seven and 11 when the alleged assaults occurred.

Nova Scotia RCMP said they have been investigating the alleged assaults since April after receiving a complaint.

Leger said privacy issues prevent police from confirming local media reports that LeBlanc is a former Catholic priest who worked in Yarmouth at the time of the alleged offences.

LeBlanc previously worked at Notre Dame of Fatima church. A Facebook page that highlights trips the priest organized to Boston for young people from Yarmouth to see NHL hockey games, says LeBlanc left the priesthood and retired in New Brunswick. He also coached peewee hockey in Yarmouth.

LeBlanc was arrested at his New Brunswick home and has since been released from police custody. He is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court on March 15.

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