View Full Version : Pedophile ring rumours not confirmed or put to rest by $53M Cornwall inquiry

12-15-2009, 01:00 PM

There is something very shady about this story.

By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

CORNWALL, Ont. - Rumours that have swirled around this eastern Ontario city for years that children were abused at the hands of a pedophile ring were neither put to rest nor given credence Tuesday by a $53-million public inquiry report four years in the making.

The Cornwall inquiry's official mandate was to examine institutional responses to historical claims of sexual abuse, but the sensational allegation that fuelled it went unresolved in the more than 1600-page report.

"Throughout this inquiry I have heard evidence that suggested that there were cases of joint abuse, passing of alleged victims, and possibly passive knowledge of abuse," Commissioner G. Normand Glaude wrote.

"I want to be very clear that I am not going to make a pronouncement on whether a ring existed or not."

The Ontario Provincial Police spent four years investigating allegations of sexual abuse, an investigation Glaude criticized in the report. Police laid 115 charges against 15 people under Project Truth, though only one was convicted. The police declared no evidence of a ring was found, but it failed to quell the suspicion and fear in the community.

"There is good reason why certain members of the public were less than satisfied with the OPP's unequivocal position about the non-existence of a ring," Glaude wrote.

"I would note that much of what I have heard about linkages remain allegations that have not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

However, the allegations merited an in-depth review and investigation to determine if there was any significance to the linkages and to lay charges where appropriate, Glaude wrote.

Glaude did find that allegations that officials at the Ministry of the Attorney General conspired to cover-up allegations of sexual abuse are unfounded.

And perhaps the most sensational of all the stories - that a clan of powerful men sexually abused boys at a cottage during strange rituals while clad in robes - was given little credence.

The source of the tale was Ron Leroux, who both police and Glaude found not to be credible and who later recanted his allegations at the inquiry. He was a "highly suggestible individual" who adopted ideas that one crusading police officer put to him as his own, Glaude wrote.

The pedophile clan theory is largely credited to former Cornwall police officer Perry Dunlop. His unsanctioned, off-hours investigation is credited with bringing many allegations to light, but also with fuelling the clan theory. Dunlop spent seven months in jail for contempt when he refused to testify at the inquiry of his own making, saying he no longer had faith in the system.

Dunlop's crusade to root out pedophiles began with good intentions, but his leading interview questions, especially with Leroux, suggest "a process to develop a narrative supportive of a desired theory," Glaude said in the report.

Provincial police did investigate Leroux's specific clan allegation, but failed to properly pursue links between alleged perpetrators, Glaude wrote. He noted problems with defining a "ring," and said given the information police had at the time, it is "difficult to say whether the OPP should have declared that it had found some evidence of a 'pedophile ring."'

The very real abuse that many people suffered may have been the result of an organized group or it could have been an "unfortunate coincidence," which could have arisen from the fact that many alleged abusers were part of a particular institution, such as the local diocese or justice system, Glaude wrote.

He highlighted expert evidence that abusers tend to associate themselves with particular institutions that give them ready access to children.

As for the issue he was tasked with examining, Glaude found there were systemic failures in how institutions responded to allegations of sexual abuse of children.

"For some, this resulted in revictimization by the institution from whom they sought help," he wrote. "The response of institutions became a further source of harm."

Most of the problems Glaude found with institutions such as the probation office, the diocese and the police stem from his assertion that they failed to fully investigate claims of child sexual abuse. He highlighted several cases in which he said institutions, when confronted with evidence an official was abusing children, failed to attempt to find other victims or other abusers within the institution.

The Cornwall inquiry into how institutions responded to allegations of historic sexual abuse in eastern Ontario delivered its final report Tuesday. Here are some of the key findings:

-Institutional response to reports of sexual abuse was, in large part, inadequate and failed to protect the vulnerable.

-Allegations that officials at the Ministry of the Attorney General conspired to cover-up allegations of sexual abuse are unfounded.

-Project Truth, an Ontario Provincial Police investigation, revealed the claims of a pedophile clan involving boys in bizarre sexual rituals were unfounded.

-Project Truth, however, failed to adequately investigate linkages between victims and perpetrators. It is not known whether there was abuse as a result of an organized group of individuals or if it was an unfortunate coincidence a victim was allegedly abused by two people with connections to each other.

-Commissioner G. Normand Glaude finds it is outside his mandate to make a pronouncement on whether a ring existed in Cornwall.

-Former Cornwall police officer Perry Dunlop was right to disclose a settlement between an alleged sex abuse victim and the church to the Children's Aid Society in 1993.

-However, Dunlop's distrust of public institutions, including police and prosecutors, eventually overwhelmed what was a genuine desire to help children.

-Further, commissioner found it "troubling" that Dunlop could not accept, at some point, that the informant behind clan story was not the "definitive source" he had hoped for in his investigation.

The Cornwall inquiry into how institutions responded to allegations of historic sexual abuse in eastern Ontario delivered its final report Tuesday. Here are some of the key recommendations:

-Establish an Ontario-wide public awareness campaign on the issue of sexual abuse of children and young people, using media and Internet.

-Bring in universal sexual abuse awareness education programs at Ontario schools.

-Expansion of training and mandatory education for professionals such as public servants, those in the justice system, teachers and others having contact with children or adults who may have been sexually abused.

-Re-introduction of mandatory joint training between police and Children's Aid Societies, including other institutions if feasible.

-Demonstration projects across the province to prevent re-offending by sexual abusers or those who fear they may abuse, including a project in Cornwall.

12-15-2009, 01:10 PM
I keep finding these stories that keep correlating to the existence of something we have been debating in KTL for years. The existence of a group of individuals corrupted by some sinister force with a devilish agenda...these kids in this area are mostly Mohawk blood.

Alex Collier stories make more sense...