The Greater Saskatoon Catholic school board says they know a man running for a position as a Saskatoon Catholic school board trustee is a convicted sex offender but will not stop him in his bid for a trustee seat.
The confirmation came Monday morning regarding candidate Denis Robert Hall’s conviction.
According to court documents, Hall was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 1981.
The crimes occurred in the 1970s in Regina, Swift Current and Melfort.
Hall apparently received a full pardon from the federal Solicitor General in 1994.
Court documents show Hall testified he had received a pardon under the Criminal Records Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-47.
Hall had pleaded guilty to four of eight charges against him – one of the charges was indecent assault.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon says Mr. Hall has met the legal qualifications to run as a candidate.
The diocese’s acting Administrator Father Kevin McGee says it trusts the electoral process and the wisdom of the electorate.
Father McGee says “When I consider such questions in light of Denis Hall and his desire to serve as a Catholic trustee, I have reason for serious concern that Mr. Hall is not suited for this position.”
At one point, Hall was an administrator and head coach for YAS – Young Athletes Saskatchewan.
In 2009, YAS and Hall filed an appeal against the Regina School Board over a denial of use of facilities.