Sus­pec­ted pe­do­phile ar­res­ted in Saint-la­zare

Pu­bli­ca­tion ban in place

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ASaint-la­zare man in his 60s was ar­res­ted late last month and char­ged with sexual­ly mo­les­ting two young boys. The man, who can­not be iden­ti­fied due to a pu­bli­ca­tion ban on de­tails sur­roun­ding the case im­po­sed by Quebec Court Judge Marie-chan­tal Dou­cet, is sche­du­led to ap­pear at the Val­ley­field cour­thouse April 3.

The ban was is­sued when the sus­pect first ap­pea­red in court on Jan. 27.

The man, who was gran­ted bail with condi­tions, was char­ged in connection with the al­le­ged mo­les­ta­tion of two 8-yea­rold boys.

Meanw­hile, a Saint-la­zare town coun­cil­lor who ex­chan­ged emails with a few concer­ned ci­ti­zens that were la­ter spread throu­ghout the town and beyond may have lan­ded the town in hot wa­ter with the judge, who could im­pose sanc­tions of the town.

Dis­trict 2 Coun­cil­lor Nathalie Ri­chard, who par­ti­ci­pa­ted in emails that in­clu­ded such de­tails as the sus­pect’s name, ad­dress and the make and mo­del of the car he drove, said she did so as a concer­ned mo­ther, not a town coun­cil­lor.

"I guess I lear­ned the hard way," she said, ad­ding, "Eve­ry­thing you do re­flects on the ci­ty."

Ri­chard would not comment fur­ther on the in­ci­dent other than to say she would not want to fal­se­ly ac­cuse anyone of mo­les­ting chil­dren. "People that are wron­gly ac­cu­sed of that (crime) I feel such sym­pa­thy for them."

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