Since the priest abuse scandal broke into public view in January, three former priests in the Boston Archdiocese have been indicted on criminal charges of abuse. One of them, John J. Geoghan, has been convicted and sentenced to prison.
Rev. Robert V. Gale
Former pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Quincy and St. Jude's in Waltham, as well as other assignments; he was removed from parish work in 1991.
Gale was indicted in August 2002 on four counts of child rape. He is charged with repeatedly rapig a Waltham altar boy between 1980 and 1984, when the alleged victim was between 10 and 14 years old. Numerous other abuse allegations have been made against Gale, and at least three of his alleged victims have received settlements from the church. He also is facing several civil lawsuits.
8/28/2002: Priest faces charges of raping altar boy
Rev. John J. Geoghan
Former pastor at St. Julia's Parish in Weston, as well as other assignments; he was removed from parish work in 1993 and defrocked in 1998
In January 2002 Geoghan was convicted of fondling a boy in a public pool in Waltham and sentenced to six years in prison. He is set to go to trial again on two counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of child rape. The statute of limitations has expired on various other allegations against him. 2/22/2002: Geoghan receives 9-10 year sentence for molesting child
Rev. Paul W. Hurley
Former pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Cambridge; he has been on leave from active ministry since 2001.
Hurley was indicted in August 2002 on two counts of child rape. He is charged with molesting a South Boston boy at Blessed Sacrament Church on numerous occasions in 1987 and 1988. Prosecutors say Hurley paid the teenager in exchange for sex, knowing the boy would use the money to buy drugs.
8/9/2002: Cambridge priest is facing child rape charges
Rev. Ronald H. Paquin
Former associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Haverhill, as well as other assignments; removed from active ministry in 1990 and laicized in 2000
Paquin was indicted in May 2002 on three counts of child rape. He is charged with repeatedly abusing a young boy between 1989 and 1992, when he was associate pastor at St. John the Baptist. Paquin has admitted to a history of molesting boys, but the statute of limitations in many cases has expired.
Rev. Paul R. Shanley
Former pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Newton and Boston "street priest;" lived in New York and California after leaving Massachusetts in 1990
Shanley was indicted in June 2002 on 10 counts of child rape and six counts of indecent assault and battery. He allegedly molested four young boys between 1979 and 1989 while he was at St. John the Evangelist. Others have accused Shanley, but the cases fall outside the statute of limitations. 6/21/2002: Grand jury indicts Shanley, charges rape of four boys