Nowhere to Hide: Internet Helps Bring Sexual Abuser to Justice

by John McKiggan

Great article by Bob Weber of the Canadian Press about the hunt to bring Eric Dejaeger to justice.

Dejaeger a catholic priest, pleading guilty to sexually abusing nine children while he was in Nunavet. He was released after serving less than a year in jail. RCMP then charged him with three counts of indecent assault and three counts of buggery stemming from his time in Igloolik.

Dejaeger fled to Belgium after being charged. He lived freely and openly with the Oblates in Brussels despite the efforts of the Canadian authorities to extradite him to face charges.

The article details how Sylvia McEachern and Lieve Halsberghe used the internet to publicize the charges, and the indifference of the authorites, to ultimately bring Dejaeger to justice.

A tremendous example of what two committed women, and the global reach of the internet can accomplish.

5 Responses to “Nowhere to Hide: Internet Helps Bring Sexual Abuser to Justice”

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, Libby said:

Agreed, John. Sad but true.

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, Remaining anonymous for now said:

I am a victim of his. Just wanted to say thanks to the two women involved in this. I have just pressed charges against him here in Canada….thank you so much.

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, John McKiggan said:

To Anonymous

June 01, 2011 at 8:48 am, Veronica Abbass said:

‘Before he left [for Belgium], Dejaeger discussed the matter with his supervisor, Oblate Father Jean-Paul Isabelle.

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