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Social Worker Flashes Children

November 6, 2008 permalink

Former Montreal social worker Martin Lavergne is undergoing psychiatric evaluation following his arrest for exposing himself to children in a park.



Sex crime suspect was social worker

The Gazette, Thursday, November 06, 2008

A man who was beaten in a St. Henri park after he is alleged to have exposed himself to children was a clinical social worker at the Montreal General Hospital for more than five years.

Martin Lavergne, 48, is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the Philippe Pinel Institute before his bail hearing, set for Dec. 4. He was arrested last month by chance after he was beaten up by an adult who had been told by children that someone in the park was exposing himself.

Police arrived after the attacker fled, but found Lavergne was breaking bail conditions by being in a park. He had been arrested in July 2006 on one charge each of possession of child pornography, assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and fleeing a police officer.

His trial on those charges is to start next month. Lavergne faces four new charges in the most recent incident, including committing indecent acts and failure to comply with a condition.

His employment at the General ended a few months ago, said Sheila Moore, a McGill University Health Centre spokesperson.

Pierre Joyal, Lavergne's former lawyer, confirmed that Lavergne worked in palliative care and oncology before going on sick leave in 2006.

Lavergne became a member of Quebec's order of social workers on Sept. 17, 1999, and was no longer a member as of June 16, 2005.

Source: Montreal Gazette