John Furlong accuser was at different school, documents indicate


A man who is suing John Furlong for allegedly abusing him at a residential school decades ago may have been at a different school at the time of the alleged abuse, say lawyers representing the former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics.

According to British Columbia Supreme Court documents filed by Furlong’s legal team, the man – who has asked not to be identified by the media – said in a residential school compensation claim that he had attended a different school in another B.C. community at the time Furlong was a teacher at Immaculata Roman Catholic School in Burns Lake in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“[The claimant] we understand, filed a claim in relation to his attendance at a school called Lejac, which was in Fraser Lake,” Furlong’s lawyer, Claire Hunter, told the court earlier this month.

“He has sworn under oath … that he attended Lejac during a period that covers the entire period he now claims he was in Immaculata.”

The Roman Catholic Church operated the Lejac residential school, just west of Vanderhoof, between the 1920s and 1970s.

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