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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Convicted priest says he's too ill for sex offender treatment


A retired Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to molesting boys at a Bellingham church more than 20 years ago is asking a Worcester judge to excuse him from court-ordered sex offender treatment because he is too old and sick, the Associated Press reports.

The Rev. Paul M. Desilets, 82, plans to return to his religious community in Canada, Les Clercs de St. Viateur at Joliette, Quebec, and is "too elderly and infirm" to participate in counseling, his lawyer, Dennis J. Kelly said in the motion, scheduled to be heard Friday.

"Father Desilets' advanced age and infirm physical condition render him incapable of participating in a treatment program. Further, sex offender treatment would serve no useful purpose because he will not be in a position to have contact with children at the Les Clercs de St. Viateur infirmary," Kelly wrote in his motion.

-- AP

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