Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redemptorist Priest in Quebec Gets Four Years for Sexually Abusing Boys

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redemptorist Priest in Quebec Gets Four Years for Sexually Abusing Boys

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Quebec priest gets four years for sexual abuse

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QUEBEC - A former Redemptorist priest was given a four-year prison term Monday for sexually abusing young boys 40 years ago.

Jean-Claude Bergeron, 76, was found guilty last December on various sex-related charges involving seven students at the Saint-Alphonse seminary in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, near Quebec City.

The abuse occurred between 1976 and 1980 and the boys were about 12 years old.

The Crown was seeking a prison term of between 42 months and four years, while the defence wanted a sentence to be served in the community.

Crown prosecutor Carmen Rioux said she was satisfied with the sentence and that she hopes it will help victims to move on.

Rioux said Quebec court Judge Jean-Pierre Dumais noted that Bergeron expressed regret, albeit belatedly, had no criminal record before the abuse began and has had no legal problems since it ended. …

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