Former priest of Calgary and Ontario Legionaries convicted of sexual assault of minors

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A priest who had previously served with the Legionaries in Calgary has been convicted of sexual assault of minors by a court in France.

“The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary has been informed by the Legionaries of Christ that Rev. Denis Tassé, LC was convicted of sexual aggression (agression sexuelle) against minors by the Criminal Court of Bordeaux, France,” the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary said in a statement.

The statement further added “Rev. Tassé had served for the Legionaries in Cornwall, Hamilton, and Calgary from 2010-2013. In Calgary, he periodically served in Clear Water Academy and at the summer camps of Regnum Christi.”

Meanwhile, the Legionaries of Christ, in a statement said “On October 8, 2021, the Criminal Court of Bordeaux, France, found Father Denis T., LC, guilty of the 2019 sexual assault of four teenage girls during pastoral group activities. In three of the cases Father Denis placed his hand on the chest of the girls, and in the fourth case he placed his hand on her buttocks.”

As soon as the acts were made known to the Legionaries of Christ, the Congregation suspended Father Denis from all activity involving contact with minors, the the statement said, adding that the canonical investigation is still ongoing and the results will be presented to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

Father Denis T., LC, was born in Canada in 1977. Prior to moving to France in 2015, he worked in Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

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