February 19, 2005

Extradition upheld for Desilets

Daily News Transcript

By Brian Eastwood / Daily News Staff
Saturday, February 19, 2005

A Canadian court has upheld the Canadian Minister of Justice's decision to extradite the Rev. Paul M. Desilets, the former Assumption parish priest accused of molesting 18 altar boys between 1974 and 1984.

Worcester County District Attorney John Conte said in a statement that his office was notified by the federal Department of Justice Thursday that the Quebec Court of Appeals had made its decision.

"Father Desilets now has the right to appeal the Court of Appeals decision to the Canadian Supreme Court," Conte said in a statement. "He has until approximately March 11 to file his appeal."

Elizabeth Stammos, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said yesterday the office had no further comment.

Desilets, a priest of the Order of the Clerics of St. Viator, was arrested in Quebec in October 2002. Now 81, he moved to Canada after leaving the

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