IQALUIT, Nunavut – A defrocked Artcic priest has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for dozens of sex crimes against Inuit children.
Eric Dejaeger's (deh-YAY'-guhrz) crimes took place 35 years ago in the remote Canadian community of Igloolik when he was there as an Oblate missionary.
He was originally supposed to be tried on some of the charges in 1995, but fled to his native Belgium and lived in Oblate homes until he was returned to Canada for immigration violations.
Dejaeger's victims included 12 boys and 10 girls, most between eight and 12 years-old. He also abused a dog in front of two children.
Many testified that Dejaeger threatened them with hellfire or separation from their families if they told.
Sometimes he dangled food in front of hungry children as a lure.