School Principal Charged with Solicitation

Associated Press
January 3, 1986

A Roman Catholic brother who is principal of a boys high school has been arrested on morals charges for allegedly trying to buy sex from a 17-year-old boy.

Brother John M. Walderman, 40, principal of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, was released Thursday on $10,500 personal recognizance bond.

No plea was entered. District Judge Michael Higgins set a Feb. 7 screening conference.

Walderman was charged with one count of transporting for prostitution, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of solicitation.

Walderman was away from the school Thursday and could not be reached for comment. A Diocese of Providence official said Walderman requested a leave of absence to answer the charges. The Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, vicar of administration, said an acting principal would be appointed soon.

"Under the circumstances and in all fairness to the parties, it would seem to us inappropriate to discuss the matter outside the legal forum," Matano said.

East Providence police said Walderman was arrested Wednesday night after officers found him and the boy in a car parked in an isolated area.

The boy was not a student at the school, said acting Police Chief Charles Goodwin.

Walderman is the fourth religious official in the diocese to be charged in the last year with morals offenses involving boys.

The Rev. Henry P. Leech in October pleaded no contest to the charges. Two other priests are awaiting trial.


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