Thank you to a reader for these photos of Fr. Gary Berthiaume, circa 1974. I always wonder when pedophiles get busted why LE does not publish photos of these people back when they were in their prime offending years. That old, sad sack photo of Ted Lamborgine, for instance, does not reflect the evil, wig-wearing, freak POS who was terrorizing boys back in the 1970s and 1980s (and I’m sure well-past that). The failure to publish these photos reflects, to me, a desire to keep the victim count down.
These photos of Berthiaume are from The Michigan Catholic, 1974, provided by a former parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Farmington, Oakland County, Michigan. I am told he kept his sideburns long well after 1974. Remind you of anyone?
Berthiaume served time (if you call 6 months “time”) for child sex crimes in 1977. He was moved to Ohio and then Illinois, from parish to parish, as part of the clergy protection program that has been in force all over the world, apparently since the beginning of time.
He “passed” a polygraph concerning the OCCK case back in 1977. I believe he has been swabbed for DNA in the case as well. He may have no connection to these crimes, but may well have other victims out there and some knowledge of the pedophile rings operating in Oakland County during the reign of the OCCK.
If this guy has 4 or 5 known victims, there are probably many, many more. If you were victimized by this man, come forward. He has been extradited to face child sex abuse charges in Michigan dating back to 1977. The statute of limitations is not a bar because he fled Michigan to evade justice. Michigan AG Dana Nessel’s office is continuing its investigation into clergy sex abuse. CALL THE AG’S OFFICE IF YOU WERE VICTIMIZED BY THIS MAN.