LevelMagazine – CA – Report on details of decades of troubling behavior by Montreal pedophile priest prior to the 2019 sexual assault conviction

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Daniel J. . Rowe
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Convicted pedophile priest Brian Boucher exhibited years of unacceptable and worrying behavior that the Catholic Church covered up or ignored before he was eventually investigated, charged and convicted of sexual assault on two underage boys, a new report said.

Those are the two questions about Boucher that Justice Pepita G. . Capriolo responds in her 276-page report, which describes decades of questionable, troubling, and criminal behavior that Catholic church authorities have not addressed.

« The main culprit is the lack of accountability of the individuals involved in Boucher’s education, training and career, » writes Capriolo. « Complaints were ‘forwarded’ and no one took responsibility for responding to them. « 

Boucher was involved in the Catholic Church from his time as a catechist in the mid-1980s until 2019 when he was convicted and convicted of two sexual assaults on minors.

The report notes that his « suitability » as a seminarian and priest was questioned for years before a serious investigation began in 2015.

Although no parent or child had made allegations of assault before 2016, the report states that this « is not a reason for early discharge of the church authorities. « 

« Many people had complained about Boucher’s unacceptable behavior over the years: he was rude, authoritarian, overly intense, adamant, homophobic, racist, misogynist and verbal, and sometimes even physically aggressive, » the report said. « These complaints were repeatedly reported to his superiors. « 

The report also said that rumors of his interest in boys « had been circulating since the 1980s and had been communicated to both those in charge of the Grand Seminaire de Montreal and the Archdiocese. « 

It has even been observed that Boucher had a « very close and worrying relationship with a boy » in the late 1990s.

Capriolo writes that despite concerns « becoming more detailed, » no investigation into Boucher’s behavior has been initiated. « 

« A contemporary unwanted sexual advance directed against an 18-year-old has been dismissed and erased from the Church’s collective written memory, » writes Capriolo. « Later, the heart-wrenching abusive relationship with a 19-year-old student under Boucher’s guidance while he was chaplain of the Newman Center became a turning point. . . Send Boucher for psychological treatment! « 

Later in the report, Capriolo addresses complaints about the priest’s behavior towards boys as early as 1985.

The psychiatric examination, Capriolo writes, gave the impression that Boucher’s behavior had been corrected and had the « catastrophic effect » of protecting Boucher from suspicion until Bishop Thomas Dowd’s investigation in 2015.

Capriolo’s report shows that following the 2003 Psychological Report, another 2006 complaint was swiftly dismissed, disregarding the summary of a 2011 pledge made by a senior church official about Boucher’s failure to stop his re-appointment as a parish pastor, and Boucher again was appointed. This officer was on sick leave for a longer period of time.

In 2003, church authorities could have used the Advisory Committee on Sexual Abuse of Minors, but they did not, despite sending Boucher for a psychiatric evaluation.

« Unfortunately, » writes Capriolo, « neither his chairman nor the vicar general, both bishops, thought it appropriate to refer the Boucher case to this body. « . « 

« He claimed he was the victim of sexual abuse by a much younger man, a fellow priest, during his sabbatical year in Washington, » writes Capriolo. « Bishop Dowd investigated this claim and quickly realized that Boucher had been the perpetrator, not the victim. When a wider investigation was opened, Bishop Dowd discovered the existence of at least two children. « 

Capriolo writes that « the limitation of the obligation to intervene in cases of sexual abuse of minors is a mistake » and that « the complaints of the two young men aged 18 and 18 respectively. 19 years of age belonging to Boucher, enough attention was paid to victim, his abuse may have stopped sooner. « 

Capriolo missed the missed opportunities and excuses like « I wasn’t in authority », « It wasn’t my department » and the historically tragic « I followed orders ». « 

Capriolo writes that even if there was no clear evidence of sexual abuse of a minor before 2015, « there was enough reason to be concerned and see if harm actually occurred. « 

Capriolo worked with church liaison officer Dowd, who began investigating Boucher in 2015, to analyze hundreds of documents and interview over 60 witnesses. However, according to the report, it was not run by the Church and had autonomous access to documents, including those in the « secret archives », which Dowd was not allowed to consult.

Capriolo writes that the « culture of secrecy » in the church « has caused the disappearance of important documents and the general lack of a paper trail. « 

As a result, she was forced to search in several departments of the diocese and outside of sources.

« Secrecy is everywhere in this file, » writes Capriolo. « Secret archives, secret hiding places for sensitive documents that are so secret that they have been completely eliminated. « 

Montreal, Priest, Archevêché de Montréal

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