FSIN OUTRAGED PAROLE GRANTED TO SERIAL SEX OFFENDER
(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is outraged upon learning of the April 26, 2016 decision by the National Parole Board to once again grant parole to convicted sex-offender Paul Mary Leroux.
In December of 2013, Leroux was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency for assaults committed against young boys while working at the Beauval Indian Residential School between 1959 and 1967.
Initially Leroux was sentenced to three years and was out on parole when his sentence was overturned resulting in an eight year sentence.
“The entire legal and judicial process surrounding the Leroux case is a slap in the face to the Residential School Survivors who were victimized by Paul Leroux,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “The most recent decision to grant parole to Leroux makes a mockery of all the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This sexual predator is basically allowed to destroy the lives of innocent children with minimal consequences.”
“Our Survivors have been victimized again by the decision to grant Paul Leroux parole,” said Meadow Lake Tribal Council Tribal Chief, Eric Sylvestre. “The detrimental effects of Leroux’s criminal actions have impacted our people for their entire lives and caused irreparable damage to them and their families and the decision by the National Parole Board to release Leroux shows that the suffering he has caused means nothing to the National Parole Board.”
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.