BC: New complaint against ex-Mount Cashel teacher for alleged assault
In 1975, Edward English admitted to St. John's police that he molested boys at the Mount Cashel Orphanage. The matter was covered up and Edward English was able to leave this province. He is now charged with similar assaults that took place in British Columbia in 1981.
The Burnaby Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is investigating the following ;a new complaint against a former teacher received on August 25 over allegations of assault at a private Catholic school from 1978 to 1982.
The man at the center of this new investigation is Edward English, a former Christian Brethren teacher sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating and sexually assaulting boys at Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. Newfoundland and Labrador.
Although the RCMP did not provide the name of the person targeted by the investigation, a source with knowledge of the complaint confirmed that Edward English, 74, was the targeted teacher.
I have no idea what this is about,” Edward English replied when a CBC/Radio-Canada reporter spoke to him on the phone Wednesday. “I will not comment on a matter I know nothing about.
The reporter offered to list the charges against him, but he refused, adding: I will not. comment, then hung up.
According to the source, the complainant is a member of the group that filed a class action lawsuit in British Columbia.
< p class="e-p">This lawsuit alleges that two private Catholic schools and the Archdiocese of Vancouver allowed six known child molesters to relocate from St. John's to Metro Vancouver where they continued to prey on children.
In an affidavit accompanying the class action petition, the man, identified as John A. Doe, claims that Edward English repeatedly sexually assaulted him when he was a college student. St. Thomas More, a school offering grades 8-12 in Burnaby, a neighboring city of Vancouver.
The abuse I experienced as a boy had a significant effect on my faith, my health, and my personal relationships,” the man writes. “I've told my immediate family, but I haven't spoken with my other relatives, my employer or my colleagues yet. I am not yet in a position, and may never be, to share my identity with the public.
The allegations in the affidavit have no not yet proven in court.
The Mount Cashel Orphanage in Saint John, Newfoundland and Labrador , before its destruction (1989).
In 1989, Edward English's name was on everyone's lips in Newfoundland and Labrador when the curtain was lifted on the crimes that had taken place at the Mount Cashel Orphanage for decades.
A judicial inquest has revealed that two boys accused Edward English of assaulting them in 1975 and that the latter even confessed to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
The investigation also revealed that an agreement had been reached between the Christian Brotherhood organization, the police and the provincial Ministry of Justice, which had the effect of a bomb. Edward English and five other Christian Brothers accused of child molestation were then smuggled out of the province without facing charges.
At the time, the Christian Brethren owned Vancouver College and St. Thomas More Collegiate schools in the Vancouver area. The six men were sent there.
They had been teaching in British Columbia for more than ten years when the Mount Cashel affair came to light in 1989.
John A. Doe wants to know why.
“I want someone to answer for the wrong done to me by Brother English,” he wrote. “Specifically, I want to know why he was allowed to teach [at] St. Thomas More College after he admitted to molesting boys at Mount Cashel [orphanage].
Judicial investigation in Newfoundland and Labrador resulted in charges and the six Christian Brothers who moved to British Columbia in 1975 were all eventually convicted .
However, none of them have been charged as a result of their time at schools in British Columbia, even though recent allegations of boys who attended those schools at the time suggest that the assaults continued there.
The head office of the congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools of French-speaking Canada, located in Longueuil.
A Burnaby RCMP spokeswoman confirmed this was not their first investigation targeting Edward English. Corporal Alexa Hodgins says they investigated her in 2000, relating to assaults at St. Thomas More College from 1978 to 1982. She says the case was closed in 2001, with no charges. be brought and at the request of the victim.
In this case, the complainant was not John A. Doe, but Corporal Hodgins said the person at the heart of the investigation was the same, namely Edward English.
In his affidavit, John A. Doe states that he went to make statements to the Burnaby police shortly after leaving college, but says he did not know that the The police then followed up on the case. Corporal Hodgins says there is no record of a complaint being filed against Edward English before 2000.
Edward English received a 13-year prison sentence for 15 counts of physical and sexual assault. A sentence which was reduced to 10 years in the court of appeal. He was released after five and a half years on full parole.
He filed for bankruptcy in 2020, proceedings finalized in January 2021, a month before x27;he is the target of a class action lawsuit in Vancouver.
He is following proceedings by videoconference from his home in nearby Moncton, New Brunswick.
The process to certify the claim for legal action was delayed in August as the parties disagreed on the x27;admissibility of certain evidence. Hearings are scheduled to end in November and the judge will then have to decide whether the class action can go ahead or whether the class members should file individual lawsuits.
With information from Ryan Cooke