Manitoba

Ronald Léger, former priest, pleads guilty to sex assault

A 77-year-old former priest surprised a Winnipeg court Monday by pleading guilty to three sex assault charges and one charge of sexual interference.

Léger had previously indicated he would not plead guilty to the offences

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Rev. Ronald Léger, who used to lead Holy Family Parish and founded Teen Stop Jeunesse, will be sentenced early next week and his name added to the national sex offender registry. (CBC)
A 77-year-old former priest surprised a Winnipeg court Monday by pleading guilty to three sex assault charges and one charge of sexual interference.

Rev. Ronald Léger had previously indicated he would not plead guilty to the offences, which occurred between 1984 and 2004.

The sexual interference charge is because one of the victims was under 16 years of age.

Léger, who used to lead Holy Family Parish and founded Teen Stop Jeunesse, will be sentenced early next week and his name added to the national sex offender registry.

He remains free on bail.

Léger was arrested earlier this year after three males between the ages of nine and 18 came forward. Two were attacked in the 1980s, while the third occurred between 2002 and 2004.
   

With files from The Associated Press