Attorney: MA priest steps down after abuse charges

April 3, 2010

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BOSTON—The Boston Archdiocese says a priest has voluntarily removed himself from ministry after a man accused him of sexually abusing him four decades ago.

The archdiocese said the Rev. Charles J. Murphy decided to step aside as the archdiocese investigates. Murphy was a priest at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth.

The archdiocese said it learned of the allegation about a week ago and immediately notified civil authorities.

The man's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, said the abuse happened when Murphy was at St. Agatha Parish in Milton in the early 1970s. Garabedian said Murphy abused his client over the course of a year, starting when his client was 14, in places including the church rectory.

Garabedian said his client, now 53, hoped the church was closely monitoring Murphy.

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