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Conducting his own off-hours investigation in the early 1990s, Dunlop led a charge that saw prominent members of the Cornwall region's Roman Catholic clergy, and other community leaders, accused of being part of a pedophile ring.
Dunlop also brought to light allegations of a cover-up by the Cornwall police service.
Last June, Ron Leroux appeared before the inquiry and admitted stories about witnessing a group of prominent area men participating in a bizarre sexual ritual with young boys involving candles and robes were false.
"Many of the statements were made in the presence of Perry Dunlop," said John Callaghan, lawyer for the Cornwall police.
"I would have thought that Perry Dunlop would have wanted to come forward to explain his role."
In August 2001, Ontario Provincial Police ended a four-year probe of the alleged ring, dubbed Project Truth, concluding the allegations were baseless.
A total of 114 charges were laid against 15 high-profile men in the 1990s, but the courts ultimately convicted just one man who had no connection to the alleged sex ring.
The allegations of a sex ring, some of which dated back to the 1960s, persisted until a public inquiry was called in 2005.
TORONTO - It's been more than 10 years since allegations that a pedophile ring operated in eastern Ontario first made national headlines. And long after the dust has settled from the tome that is the Cornwall inquiry report some will continue to believe in a conspiracy to cover-up the truth, experts and observers say.
Commissioner G. Normand Glaude concluded Tuesday that children were sexually abused by people in positions of authority and that public institutions failed victims by mishandling complaints dating back to the 1960s. But many were looking to him to lay to rest a more sinister explanation for those events, that it was the work of a pedophile ring and a cover-up that reached all the way to the Attorney General's office was at play.
He did not, saying in his 1600-page report that he would not make an unequivocal statement about the theory either way. For some, it may not have mattered. An explanation that to some appears to debunk a conspiracy theory just further confirms others' suspicions, said University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson.