10/01/2012 05:48 EDT | Updated 12/01/2012 05:12 EST

Former Arctic priest Eric Dejaeger pleads not guilty to 76 charges of sex abuse

IQALUIT, Nunavut - A trial date has been set for a former Arctic priest facing dozens of sex abuse allegations.

Eric Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty to 76 charges stemming from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978 and 1982.

Most of the charges are for the alleged sexual abuse of boys and girls.

Dejaeger is also charged with bestiality and for failing to show up for a required court appearance in 1995.

Dejaeger, a naturalized Canadian, had fled the country and had been living in Belgium before being returned to Canada.

His trial is to begin on Oct. 28, 2013.