Police in Lévis, Quebec, are appealing to the general population for information about possible sex crimes against children that may have been committed by Yvon Beaudet, a former health-care worker who has lived in several First Nations communities in Quebec, including Eeyou Istchee.

The 63-year-old man is currently facing charges involving a boy in Lévis during a three-year-period, from 1972 to 1975, when the child was between 7 and 10 years old. Beaudet had already been convicted of similar offenses in 1991, for which he served a prison term of 12 months.

Lévis police have contacted Aboriginal communities in the James Bay and North Shore regions in an effort to find other possible victims. Beaudet now lives in Bécancour.

According to Lévis police spokesperson Alain Gelly, the investigation indicates Beaudet could have victimized other children during his movements in various regions of the province.

“The file we are handling now deals with incidents that happened during the 1970s,” said Gelly. “At this time, victims were more likely to stay silent when they faced this kind of behaviour. We now know that when one person speaks out about events of this nature that happened several decades ago, that this could encourage other potential victims to come forward.”

Beaudet is about 1.7 metres tall, weights 96 kilograms, with a pale complexion and grey hair. Anyone with information about this man should contact Sergeant-Detective Christian Bédard at 418-835-8255, extension 8374.