From The Gazette

Beaconsfield

Bail hearing postponed for deacon facing child porn charges

  • William Kokesch, 65, was charged Saturday, Dec. 22, after raids at his house in Pointe-Claire and at the church in Beaconsfield.
    William Kokesch, 65, was charged Saturday, Dec. 22, after raids at his house in Pointe-Claire and at the church in Beaconsfield.
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Church deacon William Kokesch spent Christmas behind bars after his bail hearing was postponed until Thursday during an appearance in court Monday.

Kokesch, 65, was arrested on Friday and charged with distribution and production of child pornography.

Police arrested the prominent deacon of St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish in Beaconsfield after searching his Pointe Claire home and the church.

The Archdiocese of Mont-real announced on Saturday it had immediately removed Kokesch from all ministry and pastoral activity.

“Having just learned of the charges against Mr. Kokesch, the diocese is profoundly upset,” it said in a statement. “Child pornography is an affront to human dignity, and our first concern rests with those who are its victims.”

Police seized more than 2,000 computer files as well as messages left on chat-room sites on the Internet.

Kokesch, a Vancouver native who is married and the father of five adult children, was formally charged on Saturday via a video conference, but did not enter a plea.

Kokesch, who was ordained as a “permanent deacon” in the diocese of Montreal, served as the communications director for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa. Kokesch had also worked as a reporter for The Gazette and in radio and TV news in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was often sought out by the news media for his insights into the sex scandals engulfing the Catholic church.

5 comments

  1. Has the time come when clergy computers should be audited as ‘due diligence’ to protect our children? A wolf in sheeps clothing looks like a sheep until he is sheered.

    Former Bishop Lahey was a spokesman about clergy child abuse, as was Deacon Kokesch.

  2. Something needs to be done to prevent these sick, disturbed, twisted men out of the catholic church. The west island is a smal place, and now he has shamed his family. If I were his children I would move faaaar away, like to New Zealand maybe….

  3. St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish in Beaconsfield , has a long term track record going back over 30 years .. Although charges were never brought up, people were ask to Step Down, And Did . Only to move down the road to Pointe Claire and do worse !!… Granting power causes corruption, everyone knows this !! Its in our Day Cares High Schools ..even at John Abbott , where the director was replaced and its business as usual…. to the point where French Student Girl.. who couldn’t speak a word of english…. managed to pass the english class with flying colors !! the rest you can figure out !! The Clergy and the Unions have 1 thing in common , there a business and .. there there to protect scum bags, when you as people are fed up with it….. things might change !!! Till then dont expect anything to deter form this money sucking Hole !! Next time your at Church, take a good look at who is sitting next to .. It might be the pedifiles x-wife or worse Him !! Think twice .. before entering a Church !!… what are you realy getting into .. A 1st class con-job !!…Protect your childern and loved ones … dont go there !!

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