Trial date set for April 2011 for Catholic bishop on child-porn charges

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Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey will go on trial in April 2011 on charges he was caught with images of child pornography on his computer at the Ottawa airport.


The trial has been set for April 26 that year, with court time booked until May 16. Assistant Crown attorney David Elhadad said prosecutors expect to call 16 witnesses.
Lahey, 69, was in charge of the diocese of Antigonish, in Nova Scotia, until last summer.
He was flagged by customs authorities when he landed on Sept. 15 at the Ottawa airport because his passport revealed extensive travel to countries notorious as sources of the illicit material, a court document alleges.
Lahey was charged on Sept. 25 with possessing and importing child pornography.
The next day he resigned his position as bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish - though his only explanation for leaving was he needed time for "personal renewal."
Before he resigned, Lahey had overseen a historic, $15-million, out-of-court settlement with people who were sexually abused as children by a former priest in the diocese.
The bishop has been living at a Catholic priests' residence in Ottawa.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

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  • Margaret
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    This must be a joke. You must mean 2010 !!! And for thirteen more months he'll be living in the lap of luxury. He should be in jail already.
    This absolutely furiates me. If this was an ordinary citizen, other than clergy, politician, or wealthy, would we have the same privilege? What a foolish question; of course not !

  • Leah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Is this for real; this is unbelievable.
    Oh well, he may not be getting the justice he deserves in this life, but
    justice is mine saith the Lord.
    Being a priest, I wonder does that little statement ever enter his mind?
    Not much good saying he's sorry; he's only sorry because he got caught.

  • Margaret
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    This must be a joke. You must mean 2010 !!! And for thirteen more months he'll be living in the lap of luxury. He should be in jail already.
    This absolutely furiates me. If this was an ordinary citizen, other than clergy, politician, or wealthy, would we have the same privilege? What a foolish question; of course not !

  • Leah
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Is this for real; this is unbelievable.
    Oh well, he may not be getting the justice he deserves in this life, but
    justice is mine saith the Lord.
    Being a priest, I wonder does that little statement ever enter his mind?
    Not much good saying he's sorry; he's only sorry because he got caught.