Belgians hold Canadian priest wanted on sex-abuse charges

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POLICE in Belgium have arrested Canadian priest Father Eric Dejaeger and will hold him in Bruges pending an immigration hearing, Belgian government officials confirmed Wednesday.

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POLICE in Belgium have arrested Canadian priest Father Eric Dejaeger and will hold him in Bruges pending an immigration hearing, Belgian government officials confirmed Wednesday.

Officials told Postmedia News Dejaeger was arrested Monday and is being held in a detention centre for people in the country illegally.

Officials said he is awaiting his eventual expulsion to Canada but were not able to provide a timeline.

CP Eric Dejaeger

Dejaeger, 63, who worked as an Oblate missionary in Nunavut, faces six sex charges related to the sexual molestation of Inuit children in incidents alleged to have occurred in Igloolik in the early 1980s.

After serving a five-year prison sentence on convictions related to sex charges involving children in the Nunavut community of Baker Lake, Dejaeger fled Canada for Belgium in 1995.

The Igloolik allegations were investigated by RCMP Cpl. Tom Power in 1993 and 1994, but Dejaeger never appeared in court to face the charges.

More recently, the Belgian government discovered Dejaeger lost his Belgian citizenship when he became a Canadian citizen some time after 1977.

This past Sept. 15, the Belgian government issued a statement saying the disgraced priest was no longer a Belgian citizen.

— Postmedia News

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