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Former Priest Sentenced For Sex Assault

Oct 10, 2002 | The Globe And Mail, Canada

A former Roman Catholic brother was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a dozen sex-related charges.

Glen Doughty, 64, admitted to 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery.

The three-year sentence was recommended by both the Crown and defence.

"Every day I think of it at some time and I pray for them," Mr. Doughty said before being sentenced. "I hope they can find it in their hearts to some day be able to forgive me."

Mr. Doughty was convicted of assaulting young boys at church-run B.C. residential schools on Kuper Island and Williams Lake between 1963 and 1972.

Mr. Doughty sat quietly in B.C. Supreme Court as seven of his 12 victims described being sexually assaulted.

In a departure from the usual practice, the seven men addressed Justice James Shabbits directly with their victim impact statements.

"Nobody who heard these submissions could fail to be moved by them," Mr. Shabbits said. "They reflect the enormity of the lasting consequences of the offences."

One man named Shadow Hawk, the only one not covered by a publication ban, cried during parts of his victim impact statement. He was abused by Mr. Doughty at the residential school in Williams Lake between 1959 and 1967.

Shadow Hawk described how most of his family died in connection to alcohol and that following the abuse by Mr. Doughty his own drinking led to a life of chaos, including suicide attempts.

"I hated being around people, but I had to be around people because I didn't want to be alone," he said, sobbing.

He said he experiences relief when recalling his unsuccessful suicide attempts.

"It all means you did not win and my story is not being told by others, but by me," he said.

At one point Mr. Doughty wiped tears from his eyes as another man repeated a similar story: a life of loneliness, pain, distrust, suicide attempts and alcoholism.

All of the men described either being molested in their beds by Mr. Doughty as children, or being brought to his room to be molested.

The Kuper Island school opened in 1890 and closed in 1975. The Williams Lake school opened around the same time and closed in 1981.

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