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Orphanage Mount Cashel: Brother Edward English arrested

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In 1975, Edward English confessed to police in St. John's, Newfoundland, that he had molested boys at the Mount Cashel Orphanage. The affair was hushed up and he was able to leave this province. He is the subject of similar allegations in British Columbia. (Archive photo)


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Edward English, a man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting boys at the infamous Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, has been arrested again.

Police officers from Vancouver, British Columbia, supported by their counterparts from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick, arrested him Wednesday at his home near Moncton.

He was already free the next day and he refused to comment several times.

Edward English does the subject of allegations of sexual assault in the 1980s against two students at Vancouver College, a private Catholic school for boys.

No formal charges have yet been filed against him in court in Vancouver. It may take a few weeks or even months for charges to be filed against a person released after arrest.

Edward English initially admitted to abusing children at the Mount Cashel orphanage and was transferred to Vancouver in 1975. The Christian Brothers , police and authorities reached an agreement at the time to avoid laying charges if Edward English and another man left Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Mount Cashel orphanage. Photo taken in 1989 before the building was demolished.

A class action lawsuit filed in British Columbia alleges that six Christian Brother molesters ended up in schools in Vancouver and Burnaby from 1975 to 1983. More than a hundred former students of these schools say they were sexually assaulted as a result. of these transfers.

Currently, Edward English is the subject of another investigation by the RCMP in Burnaby, in connection with his teaching duties at another Catholic boys' school, St. Thomas More Collegiate.

The complaint that sparked this investigation came from one of the class action plaintiffs. This man, referred to by the fictitious name Mr. “StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV”>Of all the men convicted for their crimes at Mount Cashel, Edward English received the harshest sentence.

Judge Gerald Lang, who presided over his trial, called him at the time a coward and a sadist who did not deserve to be called a Christian.

I've been practicing law for 30 years now. This is my 11th year as a judge and approximately my 85th jury trial, and I must say this is the worst trial I have ever had to preside over, Judge Lang said.

I wished and hoped that Brother English would say that he was guilty and that he couldn't help but do what he did. x27;he did, that he asks for forgiveness and expresses some remorse, added Gerald Lang.

Edward English served his sentence in a penitentiary in New Brunswick. Released after eight years behind bars, he remained in this province.

According to a report by Ryan CookofCBC

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116