December 19, 2019 11h31
Updated at 21h43
Sex Crimes against minors: an ex-police officer formally charged
The Canadian Press
LONGUEUIL — François Lamarre, this ex-police officer and ex-coach of minor hockey, has been formally indicted on Thursday in the palais de justice de Longueuil, under nine counts related to sexual offences against four boys under the age of thirteen.
The man who will be 71 years old Friday, appeared pale and frail in a wheelchair pushed by his brother.
As he had no lawyer, the Crown prosecutor could not present him with the evidence because of the policies of the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions.
“The only complexity in this folder, is that the victims have given statements on video recording, and to avoid that there are reproductions of these documents, we have a policy that encourages these documents to be given directly to the lawyer who will represent the accused,” said the Crown attorney, Me Jean-Sébastien Bussières.
The judge, Dominique Dudemaine has, therefore, directed François Lamarre, to find a lawyer quickly, so that it can seize the evidence prior to the next date before the Court, that he has fixed the 4th of February. When the judge asked him if he could be present at this date, François Lamarre responded : “I don’t know, I fell unconscious in the parking lot”.
François Lamarre was arrested on December 4 and released by multiple severe conditions that have been renewed on Thursday, and which prevent in particular to be in the presence of minors in all circumstances.
The case was launched in connection with the actions allegedly committed against four boys aged 9 to 16 years of age at the time of the crimes, while Lamarre was a coach of hockey in Greenfield Park, a municipality became a borough of Longueuil. The actions alleged against him would have been installed between 1972 and 1993 in the arenas, in his car and at his home in Greenfield Park.
Some of the charges reflect the state of the law at the time and no longer exist in the criminal Code. Thus, in addition to two counts of sexual assault, we find those of gross indecency, indecent act, having touched a body part of a person under 14 years of age for a sexual purpose and inviting, committed or incited a person under 14 years of age to touch for a sexual purpose.
The survey, however, is far from over; after that the name and the face of the man in his seventies had been published, police in Longueuil have received 27 calls in the denouncing and have identified 16 other potential victims, people in Quebec, but also Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and even the United States.
However, the charges, if there was to be new, still to come in this record, said the Crown attorney.
François Lamarre, retired from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) in 1994.