New charges of a sexual nature on a minor have been brought against a former teacher at a primary school in the North Shore.
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Grégoire Bernier, arrested Wednesday morning by investigators from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) at his home in the Pentecost sector, in Port-Cartier, is accused of sexual assault and gross indecency.
The events with which he is accused are said to have been committed on a 10-year-old boy between 1984 and 1985 at the Dominique-Savio primary school. The accused, now 76 years old, worked in this school for 40 years.
This is the second time in a little over a year that he has been arrested.
In December 2019, he was charged with sexual assault and touching a boy under the age of 14 for whom he was in a position of authority. The events would have taken place in the early 2000s. Grégoire Bernier is awaiting trial for this case.
He was previously convicted twice, in 2000 and 2005, for similar stories. He had been convicted of gross indecency and indecent assault for events committed against boys in 1974 and 1997. He had quit his teaching duties upon his first arrest.
On Wednesday, a few hours after his arrest, Grégoire Bernier was released.
The rest of the proceedings will take place on March 22.
He must continue to respect several conditions, including the prohibition to come into contact with minors, either via the Internet or in public places.