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Published Monday, March 25, 2019 11:03AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 25, 2019 12:36PM EDT
A Montreal Catholic priest has been sentenced to eight years behind bars for sexually assaulting boys.
Brian Boucher, 57, pleaded guilty in January to sexually assaulting two boys at the St-John-Brebeuf parish in LaSalle.
Two weeks prior to that, Boucher was found guilty for sexually exploiting an altar boy at Our Lady of the Annunciation parish in Town of Mount Royal.
The Crown and defence both suggested an eight-year sentence for the former priest as the two victims from the LaSalle church read emotional impact statements, sharing how the sexual assaults destroyed their lives and required them to seek therapy to this day.
The judge agreed with the eight-year sentence, and handed it down to Boucher just after 12 p.m. Monday. The judge praised the courage of the two victims in coming forward.
Boucher worked in Senneville, LaSalle, Dorval, Town of Mount Royal, and Montreal between 1985 and 2015.
Police investigated him with the cooperation of the Montreal Archdiocese for nearly two years before he was arrested in March 2017.
The Montreal archdiocese said it had stripped Boucher of all his responsibilities during the trial.
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