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Catholic bishop enters custody..after pleading guilty to importing child pornography
The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 4 May 11 | Andrew Seymour

Posted on 05/04/2011 6:47:12 PM PDT by Gamecock

FULL TITLE: Catholic bishop enters custody at Ottawa courthouse after pleading guilty to importing child pornography

OTTAWA — In an extraordinary move, a Catholic bishop who admitted to importing graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse asked a judge to jail him Wednesday, voluntarily beginning to serve a sentence that will last at least a year.

Raymond Lahey, 70, looked back into the courtroom and seemed to take a deep breath before pulling the door to the prisoner’s dock closed behind him and letting himself be led into the back hallway that leads to the cells of the Elgin Street courthouse.

Lahey’s detention followed an admission by the man who once oversaw a historic Nova Scotia child sex-abuse settlement that he had tried to bring 588 child pornography images along with 60 videos and numerous stories featuring themes of humiliation, degradation, torture and slavery of young boys into the country following a trip abroad in September 2009.

Prosecutors said Lahey was travelling alone when he landed at the Ottawa airport on Sept. 15, 2009, on a flight from London, England. His passport showed he had visited Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Germany since 2005.

Lahey was calm, friendly and forthcoming when he approached a customs agent, but his demeanour soon changed when she repeatedly asked if he had any electronic devices, including a laptop computer, according to an agreed statement of facts.

“He was somewhat nervous, quiet, hesitant and avoided eye contact,” said Crown prosecutor David Elhadad.

Lahey was sent for a secondary inspection, where another customs agent discovered three images of naked young males, including some engaged in sexual acts. He was also carrying a small blue bag containing “personal sex toys,” according to Elhadad.

An Ottawa police investigator then found about a dozen more images of pre-pubescent young males, including one as young as eight. Some were engaged in sex acts with adults.

At the time of his initial arrest, Lahey denied having an interest in child pornography. However, he admitted he had an attraction to young males, particularly around the age of 20 or 21, but also those in their 30s and 40s.

Lahey’s computer was seized and he was allowed to leave. He stepped down from his job as bishop in Antigonish, N.S., the next day. A Canada-wide warrant for his arrest was issued a month later.

Ottawa police Det. Andrew Thompson testified that a forensic examination of Lahey’s laptop included a review of his Internet searches for terms used by those interested in child pornography. Lahey searched for “Lolita” once, but searched the word “twink,” slang for a young-looking gay male, 1,182 times, Thompson testified.

Thompson testified that Lahey’s browsing history revealed visits to three websites featuring images that were “close to child pornography,” showing boys in their early teens.

The facts were read after a stone-faced Lahey, his arms crossed in front of him, entered his plea in a clear voice.

Lahey could have remained free on bail, but his lawyer Michael Edelson said his client felt deep and profound remorse for what he had done and wanted to start serving his sentence immediately.

Lahey is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of a year in jail, although Crown prosecutors indicated they might seek a longer term. It was not clear whether Lahey might try to seek extra credit for the time spent in jail prior to his actual sentencing, although the Crown said they expected the time would be considered on a one-for-one basis.

Prosecutors asked Ontario Court Justice Kent Kirkland to order a pre-sentence report for Lahey, who was described by assistant Crown attorney Mihael Cole as a “troubled man.”

The judge declined, however, after Edelson argued that prosecutors had intimate details about Lahey’s background from an extensive psychiatric and sexual-behaviour assessment conducted by Dr. John Bradford from the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Edelson also submitted character references from 11 people who knew Lahey well.

“We have nothing to hide,” Edelson said.

Elhadad said the Crown intends to challenge portions of Bradford’s report and wanted to know what kind of risk Lahey might pose once he is released. Prosecutors also argued that a probation officer could talk to those supervising Lahey.

“A bishop has one supervisor: the Pope,” Edelson said. “The Pope is not going to be taking a call from the probation supervisor.”

Following Lahey’s plea, the Vatican pledged it would take action against Lahey.

The Vatican said it was considering “appropriate disciplinary or penal” action against Lahey — who retains the rank of a bishop emeritus in the church — and condemned child sexual exploitation of all kinds.

In addition to the criminal charges, Lahey is also accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual abuse.

In a statement of claim filed in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Todd Boland alleged former Bishop Raymond Lahey fondled him over his clothes, and that the abuse happened on numerous occasions over several years. The abuse is alleged to have happened in the mid-1980s when Boland was a resident at the infamous Mount Cashel orphanage.

A date for the sentencing hearing is expected to be set May 26.


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KEYWORDS: bishop; calvinistshate; catholicbashing; kiddyporn
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1 posted on 05/04/2011 6:47:17 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Emperor Palpatine

More denial of the facts I see.


5 posted on 05/04/2011 6:58:46 PM PDT by Gamecock (I didn't reach the top of the food chain just to become a vegetarian.)
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To: Gamecock

Bishop Lahey...

6 posted on 05/04/2011 7:00:37 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Emperor Palpatine

BTW, those are based on actual quotes by actual FRoman Catholics.

Do you support the statements of those Catholics or would you howl them down?


7 posted on 05/04/2011 7:01:21 PM PDT by Gamecock (I didn't reach the top of the food chain just to become a vegetarian.)
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To: Gamecock

The Popes and the Catholic church are culpable for not preventing sodomites from entering the priesthood and for not purging immediately all of the sodomites once it became apparent they got in.

Still, what are we to say about the liberal mainline Protestant denominations that are openly bringing sodomites into the clergy? Anyone who thinks that sodomites won’t molest children simply because they are Protestant clergy is clinically insane (I’m not saying that this is your position).

This isn’t a Catholic problem. It is a problem for all of us. But, as bad as this is in the churches, the situation in the government schools is vastly worse.

BTW, who is saying that the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is leftist? Has it changed that much since it was set up by Machen et. al.?


8 posted on 05/04/2011 7:07:05 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Gamecock

Obsess much?


9 posted on 05/04/2011 7:09:51 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Gamecock

Sick sick sick sick sick.

These pedophiles can be in all manner of persons with authority. Nothing is sacred. My friend is a high school teacher and taught alongside a seemingly normal fellow male teacher for 15 years. Now the other teacher is arrested for molesting boys at the school. Everyone who knew him was stunned.


10 posted on 05/04/2011 7:13:50 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

70 years old, now a bishop emeritus. Too bad they didn’t catch him much sooner.


11 posted on 05/04/2011 7:18:53 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Yaelle

Did your friends school hide this fact and quietly transfer him to another school?

Just wondering.


12 posted on 05/04/2011 7:19:40 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Gamecock; Alex Murphy
Oh, BASED on quotes.

What does that mean, exactly? I've already had bust Alex Murphy (courtsey ping) for LYING (see posts #3, 5, 10) about what a FRoman Catholic had said.

Please don't make me bust you too.

Cite your source, lets see the original post without a protestant interpretation, eh?

13 posted on 05/04/2011 7:25:30 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Gamecock

“Shock as Catholic Bishop who Brokered Multi-million Dollar Sex Abuse Settlement is found GUILTY of Importing Child Porn”

By Daily Mail Reporter
May 4

“In addition to the criminal charges, Bishop Lahey also faces accusations in a civil suit of sexually abusing an orphanage resident in the early 1980s.

The MOUNT CASHEL ORPHANAGE in St. John’s, Newfoundland was closed in 1990 after it was revealed that staff had systematically abused some 300 residents over several decades.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383629/Shockwaves-sent-Catholic-Church-bishop-GUILTY-importing-child-pornography.html


14 posted on 05/04/2011 7:26:18 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Celtic Cross
courtsey = courtesy
15 posted on 05/04/2011 7:26:24 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Delta 21

No, but he has been arrested and is in jail (though there is bail set) now, and probably still being paid by us taxpayers.... He was found out on the basis of one boy but they suspect others...


16 posted on 05/04/2011 7:28:28 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Celtic Cross
I've already had bust Alex Murphy (courtsey ping) for LYING (see posts #3, 5, 10) about what a FRoman Catholic had said.

LOL suuuure you did!

17 posted on 05/04/2011 7:34:09 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Dear God, whose name I do not know - thank you for my life. I forgot how BIG...thank you. Thank you.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Hoover was not a cross dresser.


18 posted on 05/04/2011 7:34:18 PM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: Alex Murphy
Howdy, liar Alex.

I've provided the link to your folly. I hope your brethren care to see it.

P.S. How would you care to explain your conduct?

19 posted on 05/04/2011 7:37:19 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Gamecock
Vatican Pledges Penal Measures Against Canadian Bishop

"I can't laugh. I can't laugh at all...until they find a less embarrassing word for the 'penal system'."
- Harry Ballentine, lawyer
in AMAZING STORIES, episode 21 "Hell Toupee"

21 posted on 05/04/2011 7:41:04 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Dear God, whose name I do not know - thank you for my life. I forgot how BIG...thank you. Thank you.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

UGH! In his Rainbow Coalition bonnet.

How utterly disgusting! Hope he has a good time in jail being someone’s “wife”.


22 posted on 05/04/2011 7:54:15 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Gamecock; Alex Murphy; Lil Flower; ansel12; Dr. Scarpetta; Delta 21; Emperor Palpatine; don-o
Sheesh -- protestants are about as transparent with their 'documentation' as the Obama administration!

Come on, Gamecock, lets see those original quotes.

23 posted on 05/04/2011 7:56:45 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Celtic Cross; Alex Murphy; Gamecock
Do not accuse another Freeper of lying, it attributes motive, the intent to deceive. It is "making it personal."

Words like "false" "error" "wrong" etc. do not attribute motive.

Gamecock, if you have source links for your claimed quotes or paraphrasing at post #2 post them here and ping the Freeper who made the remark.

Normally I would have you argue on the original thread but this discussion has moved away from the article and to your claims. If you cannot provide sources, post 2 will be pulled as flame bait.

24 posted on 05/04/2011 7:58:50 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Palladin
This is a TERRIBLE STORY.

How degrading and shocking that a BISHOP had "588 child pornography images along with 60 videos and numerous stories featuring themes of humiliation, degradation, torture and slavery of young boys."

25 posted on 05/04/2011 8:01:21 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Religion Moderator; it_ürür; Bockscar; Mary Kochan; Bed_Zeppelin; YellowRoseofTx; Rashputin; ...

A cleric is arrested for a hideous crime. It gets posted as flame bait, clearly. Why let it stand? Obviously no one claims that the Catholic Church supports this crime. What good can come of this kind of flame bait?


26 posted on 05/04/2011 8:02:44 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I wish for the good old days when you could burn people at the stake. Only instead of heresy, would should burn them at the stake for this stuff.


27 posted on 05/04/2011 8:04:29 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Celtic Cross; Alex Murphy; All
What does that mean, exactly? I've already had bust Alex Murphy (courtsey ping) for falsifying (see posts #3, 5, 10) about what a FRoman Catholic had said.

Here is the thread in question; I for got to link it. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2712883/posts?page=166

28 posted on 05/04/2011 8:06:58 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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It is a news item. News items with a religious perspective can be posted on the Religion Forum, News/Activism, Chat, Bloggers or Smoky Backroom.

Since it is posted here, the RF guidelines apply.

29 posted on 05/04/2011 8:08:03 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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FWIW it is better served in the SBR, at least IMHO. In the first couple dozen posts the flames have already started.

Sad. Very sad.


31 posted on 05/04/2011 8:10:34 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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FWIW it is better served in the SBR, at least IMHO. In the first couple dozen posts the flames have already started.

Sad. Very sad.


32 posted on 05/04/2011 8:10:40 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: Celtic Cross; Alex Murphy; Gamecock

Take this sidebar argument about Alex Murphy’s claims back to the original thread.


33 posted on 05/04/2011 8:13:52 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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How much longer does gamecock get to produce his ‘evidence’?


34 posted on 05/04/2011 8:15:12 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Celtic Cross

I’m not sure.


35 posted on 05/04/2011 8:16:30 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: narses

I think that it speaks to the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church as an organization that has trouble with sexual sin within its very high ranks. To very many people, it appears that the organization is doing very little to fight it.

As far as the flame bait goes, dont throw gas on the fire and it usually dies down, if , in fact, it is flame bait.


36 posted on 05/04/2011 8:23:10 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Religion Moderator; Alex Murphy
"Take this sidebar argument about Alex Murphy’s claims back to the original thread."

Is this an indication that Alex Murphy will be instructed to take his frequent pastings and links to earlier threads back to their original threads?

38 posted on 05/04/2011 8:28:13 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Delta 21
 

The most probable pedophiles in order are:

Fathers
Teachers
Coaches
Protestant ministers

Priests are way down on the list.

So if a father is a teacher of mid-high history, coaches the girl’s basketball team and is a youth minister at his church on weekends/Sundays — watch out! He would be much more prone to pedophilia that any priest.

___________________________________________________________

Sexual Abuse of Children by Protestant Ministers

Report: Protestant Church Insurers Handle 260 Sex Abuse Cases a Year

Abuse by Protestant Ministers of Every Denomination

Child Sexual Molestation by Various Protestant Clergy

Baptist Predators website

"Yeshiva" of Brooklyn also Guilty of Child Abuse


39 posted on 05/04/2011 8:28:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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"What good can come of this kind of flame bait?"

Precisely! The objective is clearly not good, but furthering the un-Christian agenda of that evil Cult that calls itself the OPC.

Unless there is a compelling argument that the deed is in line with doctrines of any faith or denominations then these stories belong in the News Forum where all of the ugliness and personal agendas can be addressed truthfully and fully without the interference or biased protections of the moderators or manipulated forum rules.

This is as legitimate a story for the Religion Forum as details of the crimes of Jeffery Dahmer because he was a Protestant. Only one with un-Christian motives would try to pass this off as a religion thread.

40 posted on 05/04/2011 8:31:20 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law
If it is an argument that is being carried over, then yes, e.g. "I debunked your claim over here..."

If it is a reference to an article or his own posts then probably not. Anything else, it depends.

41 posted on 05/04/2011 8:32:03 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Salvation

Your links are broken.


42 posted on 05/04/2011 8:35:41 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Religion Moderator; Gamecock
Gamecock, you've had 28 minutes to dredge up some evidence.

Got anything yet?

43 posted on 05/04/2011 8:35:55 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Celtic Cross
He has not been online for an hour and a half.

Do not badger him.

44 posted on 05/04/2011 8:37:10 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Salvation
"Your links are broken."

All your links are belong to us.

45 posted on 05/04/2011 8:37:13 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Celtic Cross; Gamecock

From this page

there are links to;

Reading that thread, one can see the poster Gamecock refers to, explaining the statement(s).

Those statements, one could make a case for now being mis-characterized to an extent, as stand alone statements. IMO. Yet that does not equate with Gamecock having spun it out of whole cloth.

I would think if one has further trouble with either party, it would be best to take it up with them, on those threads?

47 posted on 05/04/2011 8:38:00 PM PDT by BlueDragon (tonto he got smart said listenkimmosabe, kissmyass I boughtaboat, I'm headedout to sea)
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To: Gamecock

Here is some good background on the case. It is important to note that: “A Canadian priest now ministering in Florida says he informed Newfoundland’s leading prelate in 1989 that an abuse victim recounted that he had seen pornography in Bishop Raymond Lahey’s home in 1985”

The article also contains links to other cites that have more on this case. One link is titled: “Bishop porn issue known to N.L. church in 1989 (CBC)”

I am most grateful that this turd on a stick was caught by alert customs officials who noticed his many travels to countries known for child sexual exploitation.


48 posted on 05/04/2011 8:40:53 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Salvation

FULL TITLE: Catholic bishop enters custody at Ottawa courthouse after pleading guilty to importing child pornography

And you reply to me has what to do with this news story?

Its not the Protestants, Baptists, Jewish, wiccan, et al, pedophiles fault that a Catholic Bishop did these things.


49 posted on 05/04/2011 8:41:30 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Gamecock

He has been an ex Bishop since he resigned the day after he was caught. The true tragedy is that he most likely has multiple victims who have not yet come forward.


50 posted on 05/04/2011 8:41:53 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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