A Roman Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia, who resigned suddenly over the weekend, has been charged with possessing and importing child pornography.
Raymond Lahey, a native of Newfoundland who was with the Antigonish diocese until his resignation, was returning to Canada from the United States on Sept. 15 when he was arrested at the Ottawa Airport after members of the Canada Border Services Agency performed a random check of his laptop computer.
No court date has been set.
Lahey once oversaw a $15-million settlement with people who said they had been sexually abused by priests in the diocese, in a case dating back to 1950.
Ron Martin, lead plaintiff in the class-action suit that led to the settlement, reacted with shock when he learned of the pornography charges. Martin said over the phone that he needed to speak with his lawyer and declined further comment.
On Saturday, Lahey, 69, announced his resignation as bishop of the Antigonish diocese, which the Vatican accepted.
"We are grateful to him for his dedicated and generous service to the diocese," Anthony Mancini, archbishop of Halifax, said Saturday in a news release.
In a letter to parishioners, Lahey said he needed time for "personal renewal."
Tags: bishop, faces, child, porn, charges, Nova, Scotia, Raymond, Lahey, possessing, laptop, computer, importing, child, pornography, arrested, Ottawa, Roman, Catholic,
Marked as: approved
Views: 8506 | Comments: 6 | Votes: 1 | Favorites: 0 | Shared: 0 | Updates: 0 | Times used in channels: 1
|Liveleak on Facebook|