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Albert LeBlanc a fomer catholic priest from the Yarmouth Diocese pleaded guilty this week to charges that he sexually abused six boys in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Some of the charges stem from the period when LeBlanc was employed as a priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yarmouth the later charges relate to periods when he was employed as a case worker with Social Services and then a probation officer.

LeBlanc is facing 44 more charges which are scheduled to be dealt with in August.

The Diocese of Yarmouth has already been sued by several of LeBlanc’s victims. The potential legal exposure for the Diocese, Family and Children’s Services and Probation Services could be enormous.

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Former Yarmouth priest Albert LeBlanc is facing 50 criminal sexual abuse charges involving allegations of indecent assault and gross indecency.

LeBlanc was scheduled to appear in court yesterday to schedule a date for his trial. LeBlanc did not atend court. Instead Yarmouth criminal defence lawyer Phil Star appeared for LeBlanc to set dates.

The trial has been scheduled to starty May 14, 2012 in provincial court.

The charges span more than 20 years, involving offences that are alleged to have taken place between 1964 and 1985.

Different Employers

Some of the charges relate to the time period that LeBlanc was employed as a priest in the Yarmouth Diocese. After he left the priesthood, LeBlanc worked as a caseworker for Family and Children’s Services in Yarmouth, and then started work as a probation officer in 1975.

Potential Civil Liability?

I have posted an article about the legal issues involved in the LeBlanc case on my Atlantic Canada Personal Injury Lawyer blog. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
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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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