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Prosecutors find no misconduct in case that caused removal of pastor, school principal

January 26, 2015

In Revere, Massachusetts, police and prosecutors have said that they found no evidence of wrongdoing in a case that has led to the forced resignation of a Catholic pastor, the principal of the parish school, and another teacher at that school.

Immaculate Conception parish was shaken by reports of sexual abuse at the parochial school. The Boston archdiocese promptly removed the pastor for failing to report the incident “in a timely manner,” and the principal and teacher resigned for the same reason. Upon full investigation, prosecutors found that the reports were triggered by an adult male custodian who used the boys’ bathroom. There was no allegation that the custodian engaged in any improper conduct, apart from using the boys’ bathroom rather than another facility for staff.

 
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  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jan. 26, 2015 8:40 PM ET USA

    The paranoia of the zero tolerance policy has caused another faithful priest, devoted to his bishop,his parish and his community,to suffer the humility of a forced resignation along with loss of salary and housing. Guilty until proven innocent, even in this proven sham of a charge, along with an innocent principal and teacher. God forgive us our sins and that of a society run amok.