SJC Upholds Ruling Allowing Access to Jesuit Priest's Files

The Associated Press, carried in Worcester Telegram & Gazette [Boston MA]
November 24, 2004

The state's highest court has upheld an order allowing access to the personnel files of a Jesuit priest charged with sexual abuse.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that the personnel files of the Rev. James Talbot are not protected by the constitutional protection of religious freedom.

The court upheld an earlier decision by a single justice who ruled that Talbot and the Jesuits must turn over documents demanded by Suffolk County prosecutors.

Talbot, 66, has pleaded innocent to one count of rape and one count of assault with attempt to rape. He is accused of molesting two of his students at Boston College High School in the 1970s.

His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 14 in Suffolk Superior Court.


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