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Our Court of Appeal has released their reasons in the appeal of L.M.M. v. Attorney General (Nova Scotia).

The appellant/plaintiff L.M.M. was sexually abused by his probation officer, Cesar Lalo. Lalo was convicted of assaulting the boy. As a result of the sexual abuse the trial judge stated:

So I have examined these two life patterns. There is no doubt in my mind that the Lalo “event” generated a significant and lasting change in LM’s life plan.

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The Province of British Columbia was recently held vicariously liable for the sexual abuse of a convicted sex offender who sexually abused a minor hockey player that he was coaching.

Reasons for judgment were recently released by Justice Dley in D.K.B. v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia.

Failure to Notify

The plaintiff D.K.B. was described as a talented 13 year old hockey player. He was sexually abused by his coach, Richard Hall, a convicted sex offender, on two occasions. The Province of British Columbia was held to be vicariously liable for the sexual abuse because Hall’s probation officer knew he was coaching hockey and the probation officer failed to notify the Minor Hockey Association that Hall was a convicted sex offender.

Professional Hockey Career

D.K.B. went on to play junior hockey and then professional hockey in the Western Hockey League.

When he was 17 years old D.K.B. was drafted in the eighth round of the NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his 9 year professional hockey career D.K.B. earned about $200,000.00. He claimed that, if it were not for the sexual abuse, he would have gone on to a much more successful and lucrative professional career.

Judges Reasons

Justice Dley concluded that:

“…the abuse likely resulted in an impairment of the plaintiff’s ability to earn income.”

Dley found that D.K.B. suffered from a personality disorder which:

“…caused significant interpersonal problems disrupting the plaintiff’s ability to develop close relationships with his peers.”

No Loss of Scholarship

The court held that D.K.B.’s decision to forgo an NCAA scholarship was not materially connected to his sexual abuse and awarded no damages for that loss.

However, the court was:

“…satisfied that the plaintiff’s disorders, which affected his mental health, had a negative impact on the mental and emotional tools required to fully realize ones potential as a professional hockey player”.

The court concluded that the losses suffered by D.K.B. amounted to the loss of a first contract (a 3 year contract) with an NHL team. The court believed that there was a reasonable possibility that the disorders from the sexual abuse were the cause of NHL teams not offering a contract to the plaintiff.

Loss of Signing Bonus

The court concluded that D.K.B. suffered a loss of a potential $175,000.00 as a signing bonus for joining an NHL team.

Loss of Salary

The court also found that the plaintiff had lost 3 years of salary as an NHL player which totaled $180,000.00.

Lessons Learned

The D.K.B. case points out that not only can sexual abuse have a significant financial impact on persons who are otherwise viewed as successful by the rest of society, it points to the responsibility that members of the justice system have to ensure that sexual offenders are prevented from coming into contact with children and are not provided with opportunities to commit further offences.
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Last year a man that was sexually abused by notorious sexual abuser, Cesar Lalo was awarded $375,000.00 in compensation for sexual abuse committed by Lalo when the man was just 13 years old. See Lalo Sexual Abuse Victim Awarded $375,000.00

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Heather Robertsion ordered that the province of Nova Scotia pay the man because the abuse happened when lalo was employed as a probation officer. Lalo used his power over the boy to commit his sexual assaults.

Lalo was declared a long-term offender as a result of his multiple sexual abuse convictions, and his failure to accept responsibility or show remorse for his actions.

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RCMP have laid 10 more charges of criminal sexual abuse against former Roman Catholic priest Albert LeBlanc.

LeBlanc is now facing charges in more than 50 sexual related offences, 18 counts of indecent assault and 32 counts of gross indecency.

RCMP stated that the charges relate to alleged offences commited from 1967 to 1985 when LeBlanc was living in Yarmouth county.

LeBlanc was ordained as a priest in Bouctouche N.B. in 1955. He was pastor of Notre Dame parish in Yarmouth for many years. He left the priesthood in September 1973 to become a case worker for Family and Children Services. Later he moved on to become a probation office (like Nova Scotia’s most notorious sex offender Cesar Lalo).

Four former Catholic priests from the Yarmouth diocese have now been charged or accused of sexual abuse of children: Raoul Deveau, Albert LeBlanc, Adolphe LeBlanc, and “Eddie” Theriault.

I understand that the RCMP are investigating even more charges against LeBlanc. As is frequently the case, once victims realize they are not the only persons that have suffered at the hands of sexual abusers more survivors have the courage to come forward.
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A man who was 13 years old when he was sexually abused by former probation officer Cesar Lalo has been awarded $375,000.00 in compensation by Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Justice Heather Robertson.

Lalo has been convicted of sexually abusing 29 boys while working as a probation officer for Department of Social Services in Nova Scotia.

Justice Robertson awarded the plaintiff, identified as L.M.M., $125,000.00 for compensation for pain and suffering and an additional $250,000.00 for past and future lost income.