Defrocked Priest and Sexual Abuser of Children, Gary Berthiaume is back in Michigan for his preliminary exam next week.Posted: October 23, 2020
This according to the Oakland Press, Oct. 22, 2020, p. A3 and the front page of the Detroit Free Press, Oct. 23, 2020. https://www.theoaklandpress.com/news/copscourts/former-priest-charged-with-sex-crime-in-farmington-returns-to-court-next-week/article_70e1845a-13a6-11eb-baab-1f47246828d5.html; (you will have to trust me on the Free Press, as it’s a “subscriber only” article). As I posted previously, Michigan AG Dana Nessel has rousted the padre from his longtime priest hideout in Warrenville, IL, to have him return to answer for sexual assaults he committed on minors in Oakland County in 1977. https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/09/30/why-not-accept-him-as-he-is/
Today’s Free Press article points out that Berthiaume is back in Michigan, but “out on a $50,000 cash bond.” As a reader points out, it doesn’t look like this is the 10% deal, and it certainly isn’t the Chris Busch “let’s call it good at $1,000” deal. If that is the case, where does a defrocked priest get $50,000?
I found another article about Berthiaume and that sack OS, the late Bishop Imesch. Read toward the and of the article to see what kind of guy the late bishop was. https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/institutional-lying-heart-crisis. So secure that the powerful institution of the Catholic Church would support his absurd position and repeat all of the standard institutional lies, what he said before his death in 2015 and is reported in this February 20, 2019, article in The National Catholic Reporter is nothing short of despicable and outrageous.
Berthiaume has already cost the Catholic Church (and its parishioners) a pretty penny:
Berthiaume took the Fifth Amendment repeatedly in his deposition, which I obtained in 1986. The lawsuit settled for $325,000. Imesch helped him get a parish in Cleveland. Unbeknownst to Michigan police, and Imesch, Berthiaume had molested four brothers in another Michigan family. They eventually received a $60,000 settlement. Cleveland parishioners had no clue.National Catholic Report article, cited above.
What’s another $50,000 for bond? This POS is too old to run. Now that he’s back in Michigan, how about leaning on him HARD to ask what he might have heard or known about the OCCK crimes, which took place while he was molesting parishioners’ sons in Oakland County during the relevant time period? Our Lady of Sorrows, indeed. Welcome back to Michigan, freak.
A former Michigan teacher and principal will spend the rest of his life in prison for “the worst betrayal of innocence and trust imaginable.”Posted: October 23, 2020
A 50-year-old former Michigan teacher and principal, was sentenced to serve 720 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for sexual exploitation of two minors. He was also sentenced by a Muskegon County Circuit Court judge to 20 to 95 years in a related sexual assault case.
The case clearly represents hard work and partnership by numerous agencies/offices.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, county prosecutor’s offices, the Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC), federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. The partners in Project Safe Childhood work to educate local communities about the dangers of online child exploitation, and to teach children how to protect themselves. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit the following web site: www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Individuals with information or concerns about possible child exploitation should contact local law enforcement officials.
The facts of these cases are appalling, including that this man, who was a teacher and principal in Michigan, left Michigan in 2018 after he was suspended when a teacher filed a complaint about his “interest” in two elementary students. He was allowed to resign and moved to Las Vegas where he was hired as a fourth grade teacher. How can this still happen?!
Thankfully his latest stint as a fourth grade teacher has been cut short and that he was prosecuted in both state and federal courts in western Michigan. There is no parole in the federal system. His 22-year reign of terror over kids is over.
Thanks to a reader for the information.