Former Catholic priest and convicted sex offender granted bail


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A former Catholic priest facing eight counts of sexual assault has been granted bail.

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A former Catholic priest facing eight counts of sexual assault has been granted bail.

Provincial court Judge Cynthia Devine ruled Tuesday convicted sex offender Ronald Leger, 78, will be released to live at a halfway house while he awaits trial. He was released on his own recognizance of $1,000 and a $10,000 cash bond put up by the order of Catholic priests to which he belonged, the Clerics of St. Viator.

Leger, the former priest at Holy Family Parish, was on parole while serving a two-year prison sentence for sexual assault when he was arrested on these new charges in October. The most recent charges stem from allegations made by four different male victims who were 15, 12, 11 and 10, when the alleged abuse began.

Court records show the new alleged sexual assaults took place from 1981 to 1986 and continued for two of the men until 2009 and 2011. Leger has not entered a plea on the most recent charges. In February, he was given a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to molesting three boys he met in the 1980s while he was running a youth drop-in centre.

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