Catholic Church of Montreal orders ‘independent, external’ investigation into rapes by pedophile priest

CTV News Montreal

Nov. 25, 2019

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal has ordered an “independent, external” investigation into the case of Brian Boucher, a Montreal priest who sexually assaulted two boys.

In March, Boucher was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping the two minors, now adults. Boucher worked in 10 Montreal-area churches between 1985 and 2015. The abuse took place at two churches, between 1995 and 1999 in the case of one victim and between 2008 and 2011 in the other.

The investigation will be conducted by Pepita Capriolo, a retired Quebec Superior Court justice, the Archdiocese announced Monday.

“We want to get to the bottom of things to uncover the truth regarding how the concerns and complaints about Brian Boucher were received and handled, ” Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine said. “Ms. Capriolo’s mandate is twofold: first, determining ‘who’ knew ‘what’ and ‘when’, and then making recommendations to ensure that our policies and procedures improve, thereby avoiding that such crimes would occur again.”

Lepine said the Archiodocese would provide Capriolo with “all the resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation” and will make the results of her completed investigation public.

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