Priest convicted of sexually assaulting teen boys denied full parole

CBC News

By Holly Moore, Katie Nicholson, CBC News Posted: Sep 28, 2016

Catholic priest Ron Léger, who’s serving time for sexually assaulting teen boys he met a drop-in centre, will not be granted full parole. A federal parole board determined he is an “undue risk.” Instead, the board voted to grant him day parole for six months.

The board determined Léger had a one-in-five chance of reoffending and he scored “just over the low threshold” as a moderate risk to reoffend sexually. They denied his application for full parole in a Sept. 15, 2016 decision.

Léger, 78, is serving a two-year sentence for sexually assaulting three male victims. Two were teens when they were assaulted in the 1980s. They met Leger at a drop-in centre he founded in St. Vital. The other teen was a family friend and parishioner in the early 2000s.

Léger plans to live at a “community correctional centre/community residential facility (halfway house)” during day parole, according to the documents.

He expressed remorse for his behaviour, apologized and recognized that it was wrong. But the decision also describes substantial support for Léger from the community.

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