Priest Charged with Abuse
Plateau Cleric Accused of Molesting Girl at Camp
By Alan Hustak
November 22, 2006
An activist Roman Catholic priest in Montreal's Plateau Mont Royal district is to appear in court in Joliette on March 5 to answer charges he molested a girl who was under age 10 during a camping trip two years ago in the Lanaudiere region.
Philippe de Maupeou is a member of Communaute du Pain de Vie, a religious commune founded in France in 1976, which includes priests, families and their children who work with the poor. The group has been operating in Quebec since 1992.
De Maupeou, 46, has been suspended by the Montreal diocese pending the outcome of a full criminal investigation.
He is is not permitted to be unsupervised in the presence of children and can't live with his commune, housed in the former presbytery at Eglise de la Conception Immaculee at Papineau Ave. and Rachel Sts.
De Maupeou was the founding director of the Bande FM youth group.
Until recently, he was president of the committee of sacred art and religious heritage for the diocese, and was vice-president of La Fondation du patrimoine religieux du Quebec, the provincial body that oversees religious heritage properties.
The incident involving the girl is alleged to have happened in 2004, when de Maupeou, who was administrator of Immaculee Conception parish, took children on an outing to a summer camp near St. Alphonse Rodriguez, 60 kilometres north of Montreal.
The girl apparently waited until recently to tell her mother, who called the police.
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