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Former Arctic priest to face Alberta trial on sex charges

Eric Dejaeger is escorted by police outside an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011. The former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Windeyer

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Eric Dejaeger is escorted by police outside an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011. The former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Windeyer

EDMONTON - A former Arctic priest defrocked for sexual misbehaviour will face trial on two sex-related charges in Edmonton.

Eric Dejaeger has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will have his trial date set on September 12.

The 67-year-old former Oblate missionary lost his status as a priest for his behaviour in two missions in Nunavut.

Dejaeger was stationed in Igloolik and Baker Lake between 1978 and 1989, when the Oblates asked him to leave.

He lived in Edmonton during the mid-1970s after moving from Belgium.

He was studying at Newman Theological College during his time in the Alberta capital.

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