Longueuil pastor, wife face charges alleging corporal punishment of minors

The offences are alleged to have been committed against minors between 1974 and 2018.

Mario Monette and Carole Van Houtte, both 65, are expected to appear in court in Longueuil on Friday to face 32 charges SPVM

A Longueuil pastor and his wife were arrested Thursday by local police in connection with a year-long investigation that alleges the couple subjected children to corporal punishment over the course of 45 years and encouraged members of their congregation to do the same to their children.

Mario Monette and Carole Van Houtte, both 65, are expected to appear in court in Longueuil on Friday to face 32 charges including armed assault, assault, inflicting corporal injuries, uttering threats, forcible confinement and inciting the commission of a criminal act.

Longueuil police began their investigation in February 2018 after two alleged victims filed complaints against the couple.

The offences are alleged to have been committed against minors between 1974 and 2018.

Apart from allegedly inflicting corporal punishment on children, police contend the couple preached to their congregation to subject their own children to the same treatment. Police allege also that the couple exercised psychological control of certain members of their church.

Monette is pastor of the South Metropolitan Bible Baptist Church, which is located in the borough of St-Hubert. Its web page, which does not appear to have been updated since October 2018, describes the organization as “an independent, fundamental and soul-winning church.”

Over the course of the last year, Longueuil police met with many witnesses who agreed to aid in the investigation, some of them anonymously.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information concerning Monette and his wife to call them at 450-463-7211. All calls will be treated confidentially.

Источник: Montrealgazette.com

Источник: Corruptioner.life

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