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09/30/2011 12:15 EDT | Updated 11/30/2011 05:12 EST

Former residential school official charged in abuse of boys has prior convictions

BEAUVAL, Sask. - A former dormitory supervisor charged with abusing boys at a northern Saskatchewan residential school has a history of abusing students in his care.

Earlier this week, Paul Leroux was charged with indecent assault between 1960 and 1967 involving 13 boys who attended the Beauval Indian Residential School.

Northwest Territories court records show Leroux, who is 70, was convicted in 1998 for abusing 14 boys and young men at Grollier Hall.

Leroux, who now lives in Vancouver, wrote to CBC News this week to say the allegations are outrageous.

"The laying of these copy-cat charges, despite much contradictory evidence, is irresponsible," Leroux told the CBC.

"It is difficult to believe that, in this country, a person in his 70s is asked to ruin himself financially to defend so many false charges from half a century ago."

Grollier was a residential school in Inuvik run by the Roman Catholic Church.

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

Leroux, who worked as an activities supervisor and guidance counsellor at Grollier Hall, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In his email to the CBC, he also talked about his 1998 convictions.

"In the aftermath of convictions in Inuvik in 1998, including many wrongful convictions, a good number of former students who had previously said they had never been abused changed their story and filed fraudulent lawsuits in the hope of getting out-of-court settlements that others had received," Leroux said.

He said he filed a complaint of perjury that was never fully investigated.

Leroux is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the latest charges in provincial court in Beauval on Oct. 19.