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Paul Leroux, Former Residential School Supervisor, Convicted Of Molesting Students

11/05/2013 05:28 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST
CP PHOTO/Edmonton Journal-Charlie Gillis
BATTLEFORD, Sask. - A former supervisor at a Saskatchewan residential school has been found guilty of molesting several students in the 1960s.

Paul Leroux, who is now in his 70s, worked at the Beauval Indian Residential School.

A judge in Battleford court convicted Leroux on 10 of 17 charges involving boys at the school — eight counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency

Leroux, who appeared to be stunned by the conviction, has been taken into custody until sentencing Dec. 5.

After the trial was dismissed, people in the courtroom applauded.

One of Leroux's victims, who can't be named, said outside court the judge's decision meant a lot to him.

"I'm very pleased with the outcome, this is after 50 years of living in denial, and I believe what today brings will be a fairness to us as victims."

The man said what happened to him has affected others.

"It's not just myself that's the victim here, it's my family, my wife, my children, my father, and all the people I've had contact with in my community.

"I think today is a new dawn for us and for our leadership, it's a beginning of our journey of healing."

It wasn't Leroux's first conviction for abusing boys and youth. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1998 for abusing 14 boys and young men at Grollier Hall, a residential school in Inuvik run by the Roman Catholic Church.

Those convictions were for gross indecency, indecent assault and attempted buggery between 1967 and 1979.

Leroux worked as an activities supervisor and guidance counsellor at Grollier.

(CJNB, The Canadian Press)

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