Priest found guilty
A retired priest charged with sexually assaulting a South Glengarry man in September 2015 was found guilty in Cornwall court Monday.
Father Denis Vaillancourt, a Lasalle, Que., resident and former long-time pastor of Église du Sacré-Coeur Church in Alexandria, had pleaded not guilty to the charges during a three-day trial that concluded June 15. He will be sentenced in Cornwall November 9. During the proceedings, the court heard testimony from the victim – whose identity is protected under a publication ban – as well as his mother and grandmother.
Fr. Vaillancourt had been a close friend of the family for almost 30 years before he was arrested on Oct. 29, 2015 – two days before his 70th birthday.
A Glen Robertson native, Denis Vaillancourt celebrated his 40th year with the Diocèse catholique d'Alexandria-Cornwall Catholic Diocese in 2014.
His first assignment in Glengarry came in 1974 when he was named vicar at Sacré-Coeur, assisting Fr. Raoul Poirier.
In June 1982, he was named pastor at St-Martin-de-Tours in Glen Robertson, and six years later became pastor of the Precious Blood Parish in Glen Walter, a position he held for the next nine years.
Fr. Vaillancourt served as pastor of both Sacré-Coeur and Église Sainte-Marie de l’Assomption in Green Valley from 2005 until his retirement in June 2015.