Priest found guilty of sexual assault defrocked by Montreal archdiocese

CBC News

October 23, 2020

By Leah Hendry

In 2019, Brian Boucher was found guilty of sexually abusing 2 boys between 1995-2011

Montreal – Brian Boucher is no longer a priest.

Boucher was sentenced to eight years in prison last March for sexually abusing two boys when he worked as a priest in LaSalle in the 1990s and the Town of Mount Royal, around 2010.

The news of Boucher’s laicization came as a great relief to parishioner Kurt Reckziegel, who attends Our Lady of the Annunciation church in TMR.

“I’m glad to see it’s happened,” said Reckziegel. “It doesn’t help the victims of the past, but maybe it will save some young people in the future.”

Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine formally dismissed Boucher from the clerical state last year, but the decision was subject to appeal. No appeal was filed this summer, so the decision stands.

Erika Jacinto, a spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal, said from the moment of Boucher’s dismissal, all financial support to him stopped.

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