05/07/2012 01:02 EDT | Updated 07/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Priest to appear in Iqaluit court on sex charges

Eric Jose Dejaeger will appear before the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit today.

The Roman Catholic priest, who served in Igloolik in the late 70s and 80s, is accused of sex crimes. He faces more than 35 charges.

In February, his appearance was delayed as police were doing an investigation in Igloolik.

He has also been charged in incidents that are alleged to have occurred in Edmonton between 1975 and 1978.

Dejaeger fled charges in Canada in 1995 and lived in Belgium for 16 years until he was expelled and returned to Nunavut to face the charges.

Dejarger had already pleaded guilty in 1990 to nine counts of sex crimes against boys and girls in Baker Lake, another community in Nunavut, and was sentenced to five years in prison.