Abuse Complaints Didn't Go to City Police: Leduc

By Trevor Pritchard
July 15, 2008

A church committee that investigated sexual abuse complaints involving a city priest in the mid-1980s didn't recommend turning over those allegations to police, the Cornwall Public Inquiry heard yesterday.

Former diocesan lawyer Jacques Leduc said the decision not to tell either the Cornwall Police Service or the Children's Aid Society about the accusations against Rev. Gilles Deslauriers was based largely on the fact the victims were adults when they came forward.

"I am fairly certain that that is the reason why," said Leduc, 57.

Leduc, who began testifying at the inquiry Monday, was one of three people the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese appointed in early 1986 to look into claims Deslauriers was abusing young men.


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