Eric Dejaeger, former priest, to plead guilty to Alberta charges
Convicted sex offender and former priest Eric Dejaeger will plead guilty to Alberta-based charges that date to the mid-1970s.
Dejaeger faces two counts of gross indecency, one count of indecent assault on a female and one count of indecent assault on a male.
The offences were allegedly committed in the period between 1975 and 1978 when he was studying at the Newman Theological College in Edmonton.
Dejaeger had applied to have his Alberta charges heard in Nunavut. He’s in the process of having those charges “waived” from Alberta to Nunavut, which means he’s agreed to plead guilty to them and will be sentenced in Nunavut.
The Alberta Crown prosecutor’s office said Dejaeger had signed the waiver shortly after being convicted last year in Iqaluit of sex-related charges involving Inuit children when he was serving as a priest in Igloolik between 1978 and 1982.
In an Iqaluit courtroom Thursday, Nunavut Crown prosecutor Barry McLaren said the files still hadn’t arrived from Alberta.
The hearing has been adjourned to Sept. 29. That’s when Dejaeger is expected to enter his plea and he may be sentenced the same day, after the facts of the case have been submitted.