The former policeman François Lamarre, suspected of sexual assault, has died

L’ancien policier François Lamarre, suspecté d’agression sexuelle, est mort

LONGUEUIL – The death of a former coach of minor hockey and a former Montreal police officer who was accused of sexually assaulting sixteen young people does not bring justice to victims, according to one of his alleged victims.

“He should be prosecuted for the crimes he has committed, has supported Wade Wilson, a councillor of the borough of Greenfield Park in Longueuil, quebec. We would have liked as he pays for the evil he has done to the citizens of Greenfield Park.”

Mr. Wilson is one of the adults who have filed a complaint against Francis “Frank” Lamarre for crimes allegedly committed in the 1970s. These acts would have occurred while the victims were children and lived on the South Shore.

Mr. Lamarre had to go to the courthouse in Longueuil on Tuesday. The police Service of the urban agglomeration of Longueuil (SPAL), however, announced in the morning on Facebook that Mr. Lamarre died on Sunday, July 26, in a hospital center of the South Shore of Montreal of natural causes at the age of 72 years.

Mr. Wilson is the fifth person to have raised the flag for the actions of the former police officer. That would have been the victim was 45 years ago wished that the cause of Mr. Lamarre is tried before a judge and jury and in front of the victims. “It is hard to turn the page. Unfortunately, it will not happen, but we must turn the page and continue.”

The SPAL noted that the charges involving 16 victims had been authorised up to now. A number far from reality, according to Mr. Wilson. “I’m sure that there are many, many more,” he said, before inviting the victims of sexual assault to seek help.

Context

“From 1972 to 1997, this man is alleged to have committed various sexual offences ranging from gross indecency to sexual assault complete, to the place of young boys aged between 9 and 16 years”, had pointed to the SPAL in a press release published last December.

This policeman pensioner had been arrested on 3 December 2019 for crimes of a sexual nature against minors while he was a coach of hockey in Greenfield Park.

According to several articles on the subject, one of the first four victims had attempted there nearly 25 years to report the acts of Mr. Lamarre to the authorities, but had felt misunderstood. She had tried it again two decades later and all of that had led to the arrest of his alleged attacker by the SPAL last year after an investigation of eleven months. He had pleaded not guilty two weeks later.

The potential victims were in Quebec, but also in other provinces of Canada, and the United Kingdom.

According to the police, François Lamarre was nicknamed “Frank” when he was a coach of minor hockey in Greenfield Park in Longueuil in the 1970s and 1980s.

At the time of the assault, the suspect was aged between 24 and 49 years of age. The offences were committed, among others, in arenas, at his home in Greenfield Park and in her vehicle.

Talk

The death of an abuser can leave an empty feeling at the victim, said the director general of the Center for prevention and intervention for victims of sexual assault in Laval, Monique Villeneuve. “This is a feeling of not having completed a process of recovery of power over his life and over the whole of its approach”, she detailed.

In a context where the perpetrator is in a position of authority, it can be difficult for the victim to denounce it. “To denounce, it is often the first call for help of the victim who no longer wants to live in the secret”, she stressed.

“This is not just courage. It is also to be aware of the fact that this is not a secret. It is necessary to undo this myth-there. That the situation is not “normal”. The young person has not consented”, she added.

The most important, reiterates Ms. Villeneuve, it is to talk about it. “It is already a big step”, he argued.

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