10/22/2015 15:29 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Defrocked Arctic priest convicted of sex offences against children to appeal

IQALUIT, Nunavut — A defrocked Arctic priest in prison for dozens of sex offences against Inuit children is appealing.

The news came out in court as Eric Dejaeger (deh-YAY'-gur) was sentenced today in Iqaluit for more child sex assaults in Alberta.

The former Oblate was given four five-year sentences for acts committed against three children between the ages of six and nine in the 1970s.

It isn't immediately clear how many of his 32 previous convictions involving northern children Dejaeger intends to appeal.

Nor is it known if he's seeking a review of the rulings or just the sentences.

Dejaeger, who is 69, is representing himself and is next to appear in court on Nov. 10.

He was already serving 19 years in Nunavut's Baffin Correctional Centre before today's sentencing.


The Canadian Press