Priest found guilty

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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