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A priest from France accused of sexually abusing children in Canada’s Arctic has died

TORONTO (AP) — Joannes Rivoire, a priest from France accused of sexually abusing Inuit children while serving on the mission in their Canadian Arctic community, has died after a long illness, officials said Friday.

The Oblates of Lacombe Canada and the Oblate Province of France said Rivoire, who was in his 90s, died Thursday. He had lived in a nursing home in Lyon, France for years.

An Inuit community in northern Canada has long sought the Vatican’s help to extradite Rivoire. He served Inuit communities until he left and returned to France in the 1990s. Canadian authorities issued an arrest warrant for him in 1998 on several counts of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Ken Thorson of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Lacombe Canada said in an email that the death could be difficult news for those who advocated for justice for the priest in Canada.

“We sincerely regret that,” Thorson wrote. “Rivoire has never made himself available and will never face the charges filed against him. We further regret that efforts to formally remove him as a priest have not been successful.”

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Rivoire arrived in Canada in 1959. He remained in the north until January 1993, when he told his superiors that he had to return to France to care for his elderly parents.

That same month, four people went to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the northern territory of Nunavut to accuse Rivoire of sexual assault.

In 1998, an arrest warrant was issued for Rivoire to return to Canada, where he would face at least three charges of sexual abuse. The charges were not prosecuted.

In 2022, another arrest warrant was issued for Rivoire on charges of indecent assault involving a girl between 1974 and 1979. French authorities refused an extradition request.

Rivoire denied all allegations against him and none were proven in court.

The Oblates in Canada and France repeatedly urged Rivoire to face the charges, but he refused.

In September 2022, a ten-member Inuit delegation traveled to Lyon, hoping to convince Rivoire to return to Canada with them to face justice. But the Oblate priest refused and denied wrongdoing.

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