Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Dies at Age 81

Augusta Chronicle
September 13, 2006

Charleston - A retired Roman Catholic priest who had faced sexual abuse charges has died at 81.

The Rev. Raymond DuMouchel, who died Sunday, denied the sexual assaults from a half-century ago.

He had several ailments, including dementia, which prevented prosecutors from bringing him to trial.

Criminal charges were dropped last year after doctors determined he would be unable to participate in his own defense, assistant prosecutor Debbie Herring-Lash said.

The Rev. DuMouchel was originally charged in November 2002. He was accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl in 1955 at the Cathedral Grammar School.

Another woman accused him of fondling her at the former St. Francis Xavier Hospital in downtown Charleston when she was 17 or 18, police said.

In 2003, a third woman accused the Rev. DuMouchel of fondling her after she gave birth at the hospital in 1957 when she was 16, police said.


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