Rev. Kieran Ahearn

Associated Press
January 21, 1993

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest pleaded innocent Thursday to charges that he took a 16-year-old boy to a motel room, gave the teen-ager liquor and sexually molested him.

The Rev. Kieran Ahearn, a Franciscan priest assigned to St. Mary's parish in Bethel, Conn., was arrested Wednesday on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a child, furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.

Ahearn, 55, was released on his own recognizance. A pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 4.

Ahearn, who has served the Bethel church since 1990, was relieved of duty Wednesday by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic diocese. The diocese is being sued by at least four people who claim another priest sexually assaulted them in the 1970s and early 1980s when they were children.


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