Priest to Stand Trial for Sex Offences

North Bay Nugget

August 9, 2008

A North Bay priest has been committed to stand trial for sex offences in the Sudbury area against teenage boys in the 1970s and early '80s.

Father Bernard Cloutier, 66, was serving as parish priest at Saints-Anges Roman Catholic Church in North Bay when he was first charged in June 2007.

Cloutier has been relieved of his duties since then and has been living with family in North Bay, Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, has been quoted as saying.

Cloutier is only allowed to say mass privately and is paying for his own defence, Plouffe said.

Cloutier remains free on bail. There is a court-ordered publication ban on testimony heard at the preliminary hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence for Cloutier to stand trial.

He is accused of committing the sex offences while he was a priest at Paroisse St. Joseph in Chelmsford, St. Louis de France Church in Espanola and two Sudbury churches-- St. Mathieu Church and L'Annonciation Church.


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