Former Oakland County Priest Bound Over for Trial in Sex Abuse CasePosted: July 21, 2021
Thanks to a reader for letting me know that Gary Berthiaume, convicted pedophile and former priest, was bound over today in Oakland County on two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony. https://www.wilx.com/2021/07/21/former-oakland-county-priest-face-trial-sexual-abuse-case/; https://www.mlive.com/news/2021/07/former-michigan-priest-to-face-trial-for-alleged-sex-abuse-of-14-year-old-boy.html.
The alleged assaults were committed against a 14-year-old boy in 1977 at the rectory of Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington Hills where Berthiaume was a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Berthiaume, who was interviewed and polygraphed back in the day concerning the OCCK crimes, is no stranger to the legal system. He has a law degree and practiced for a time in Nevada before he found a truer calling that would provide him with a treasure trove of young victims. He pleaded guilty in 1977 to assaulting a boy and spent six months in jail before leaving Michigan and being taken under the wing of the Catholic church, who moved him from diocese to diocese so he could continue his sexual abuse of children of his flock. https://catherinebroad.blog/2020/09/30/why-not-accept-him-as-he-is/.
The cases described in the cited sources are no doubt the tip of the iceberg with this guy. He was swabbed and “cleared” in recent years in the OCCK case, but he no doubt left many victims of his sexual depravity in the decades after 1977.
It takes a very brave person who has been sexually assaulted–especially as a child–to come forward. It is never too late.