The wife of a former Sunday school teacher charged with sex and weapons-related crimes vows to stick by her man.
Fitzroy Harbour’s Paul Laframbroise, 73, was charged this week by Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section. He faces a number of charges, including but not limited to: sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, sexual exploitation, uttering threats, and a variety of weapons offences.
Police say an investigation began when a complainant came forward to disclose alleged past sexual abuse. Throughout the course of the investigation it has become evident that there are a number of victims involved, according to police.
Police say the alleged incidents took place within the last two years.
Laframboise was arrested on Oct. 19. He appeared in court on Oct. 22, and was remanded into custody until Wednesday, Oct. 24, as additional charges were expected.
His long-time wife Joyce said she is shocked and had no idea anything was amiss until police put him in handcuffs. On Tuesday, when news broke of the charges, she was reached at her home while media set up outside.
“I wasn’t expecting all this. They are trying to get him,” she said, referring to media. “My husband is a good man, as far as I’m concerned. He has never hurt me and he never would.”
Joyce said that after 52 years of marriage a woman knows her husband fairly well, and that Paul is a moral person.
“I’ve never doubted my husband,” she said. “I’ll love him and I’ll be with him no matter what.”
Fitzroy Harbour, West Carleton and Kanata areas are the communities where Laframboise was a Sunday school teacher. At one time he was a member of the West Carleton Christian Assembly. No one at the church was available for comment prior to press deadline.
Laframboise has appeared on CTV’s Regional Contact and in the Sept. 27, 2012 issue of the West Carleton Review EMC promoting his handmade bows and arrows. In the story, he said the couple try to help others, adore children and that they have sponsored children around the world for more than 30 years through organizations such as World Vision.
Const. Mark Soucy said investigators are looking for more information.
“We believe there may be more victims, so we are sending out a public appeal,” Soucy said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.