The accused is said to have written a letter of apology

News 8 July, 2017
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    Réjean Trudel

    Carl Vaillancourt

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    SAINT-HYACINTHE | A man testified Friday that it received a letter of apology on the part of a marist brother 25 years after, he says, have been sexually abused by him when he was a teenager.

    The man, now 54 years old explained that he had been abused by the brother Réjean Trudel from 1977 to 1981, when he was living at the Patro Lokal, a facility that was used by adolescents 12 to 17 years of age. The events would have started when he was 14 years old.

    It is the 10th alleged victim’s brother Trudel, who is undergoing his trial in Saint-Hyacinthe for having committed gestures of a sexual nature about 13 people during the 16 years, in the 1970s and 1980s. The witness had been the victim of inappropriate sexual touching, repeated up to the age of 16 years.

    The man returned Friday on a letter received after his marriage in 2002, which would have revived his rancor.

    “In his letter, he apologized for making me hurt the same, and then he explained to me why the Good God had forgiven him and that I had to move on to something else,” said the witness.


    The brother would have uttered the same words at her wedding.

    “He told me that the Good God had forgiven him, that no matter if I wanted him, he loved me the same. I was angry he told me that, the only one who can forgive him, it’s me, not the Good God. “

    The man would have let his grudge aside when inviting people to her wedding.

    “Although I resent it, I remember so many bad memories as good, he added. There are guys who have not been abused, so out of respect for them, I invited him. “

    A few months later, the new groom has phoned the brother Réjean Trudel to empty the heart. It is the result of this appeal that the accused sent a letter of apology without, however, recognize the acts.

    The trial continues Tuesday with the testimony of the accused.