Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Witness testifies


Alleged victim describes priest abuse
Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011 | 6:11 PM AT
CBC News
An Ontario man testified Monday that a Roman Catholic priest invited him to his apartment in 1978, and then improperly touched him.

Charles Picot, who is in his 60s, is charged with indecent assault. He worked as a priest throughout the northern part of the province until the 1990s.

The alleged victim, Derek Lapointe, waived his right to have his name protected by a publication ban at Picot's trial in Campbellton provincial court.

Lapointe said he was 13 when he first met Picot, who was his Scout leader. He testified that Picot invited him to his apartment to listen to a new album, Saturday Night Fever.

While there, Lapointe said, Picot asked him to sit on his lap and then put his hands in his pants. Lapointe said he objected and left.

Under cross-examination, Lapointe, 46, admitted that drug and alcohol abuse may have affected his memory, and he has trouble remembering details.

Lapointe said he couldn't remember what Picot's apartment looked like or how many songs they listened to before Picot allegedly assaulted him.

The trial continues Tuesday.

Last spring, Picot was found not guilty on a charge of indecent assault involving a 13-year-old boy in Dalhousie.

Picot left the diocese of Bathurst in 1993. He is no longer a practising priest.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/01/24/nb-priest-indecent-assault-picot.html#ixzz1C2hOAPNo

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