Monday, October 17, 2016

Convicted pedophile Denis Hall running for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Board trustee

A convicted pedophile is running for trustee with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board.

Candidate Denis Hall pleaded guilty in July 1981 to two counts of having sexual intercourse with females aged 14 to 16 and two counts of indecent assault on females.

Hall is currently listed on the Saskatoon Catholic Schools’ website as a candidate for trustee.

Hall was a schoolteacher at the time of the offences, which took place between 1974 and 1980 in Regina, Swift Current and Melfort. All of the girls involved were members of a community basketball team Hall coached.

According to a Regina Leader-Post story on July 11, 1981, Hall is a former teacher of Holy Rosary School and former coach of the Holy Rosary Raiders girls’ basketball team.

The article was based on facts read into the court record when Hall pleaded guilty, and on testimony given by the victims at Hall’s preliminary hearing in March 1981.

Hall was sentenced to an 18-month jail term and released in June 1982. Months after he pleaded guilty to the four sexual offences, Hall was subsequently sued by one of the teenagers, who became pregnant but gave the baby up for adoption. In November 1981, after several court hearings related to the civil suit, Hall settled out of court with the girl and her family. He paid $3,500 and she signed a release saying she would not take further legal action against him on the matter. Hall ran unsuccessfully for school board trustee in 2003. In a StarPhoenix story published that year, Hall denied he was responsible for the girl’s pregnancy.

In 1994, Hall applied for and received a full and absolute pardon for his convictions from the federal solicitor general.

In 2003, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools said it had no legal recourse for barring Hall from the election.  (more...)


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