|Priest Who Molested Teens at BC High Released
March 19, 2011
A Jesuit priest who taught and coached at Boston College High School was released Friday after serving six years for molesting two teenage boys during wrestling drills.
The Rev. James Talbot was sentenced to five to seven years plus three years of probation in January 2005 after pleading guilty to rape, assault with intent to rape and three counts of assault and battery. He was 67 at the time.
Prosecutors said the Rev. Talbot sexually assaulted two students during wrestling practices in the late 1970s, when he was teaching history and coaching at the all-male parochial school. The victims wore only jockstraps during the workouts.
The Rev. Talbot was released from the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater on Friday morning, Diane Wiffin, Department of Correction spokeswoman, said.
Society of Jesus spokeswoman Alice Poltorick said the order is in the process of defrocking the Rev. Talbot. Meanwhile, he is fully restricted “and will never be allowed any ministry.”
Poltorick said the Rev. Talbot will be on criminal probation, and with Massachusetts’ permission will now live out of state in a secure, monitored treatment facility.
Thirteen people who alleged that the Rev. Talbot had molested them sued the Society of Jesus order and Boston College High School, ultimately reaching a $5.2 million settlement.
The Rev. Talbot was transferred to Cheverus High School in Maine in 1980 because of allegations of abuse at Boston College High School.
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