Naugatuck Priest Acquitted of Sex Charges

January 16, 2009

WATERBURY -- The Rev. Robert J. Grant's shoulders sagged slightly in what seemed to be relief when the words "not guilty" were read Friday in Waterbury Superior Court.

Grant, a 65-year-old Roman Catholic priest, was cleared of all criminal charges, including second-degree sexual assault.

The priest of two Naugatuck churches, St. Mary's and St. Hedwig's, was charged with sexual assault after a teenager said he performed oral sex on Grant.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Hartford said Friday Grant's acquittal on all charges would factor favorably in its decision on whether to return him to his church duties.


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