Student Held in Alleged Rape
6th-Year Seminarian Is Relieved of Duties
By Gloria Negri
August 26, 1995
A 28-year-old seminary student from Cromwell, Conn., pleaded not guilty yesterday in Fall River District Court to charges of rape and assault with intent to rape a 26-year-old New Bedford woman who had gone to him for counseling while on a religious retreat, police said.
Police said the alleged attack took place Wednesday night while the woman and Alexander Delgado were attending a religious retreat at Cathedral Camp and Retreat Center in East Freetown.
Freetown police arrested Delgado Thursday evening at Cathedral Camp, which is owned by the Fall River diocese. Delgado is in his sixth year of studying for the priesthood at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell.
In a statement released yesterday by spokesman John Kearns, the Fall River diocese said it was "cooperating fully with authorities to determine the facts of the alleged act.
"While the investigation and judicial proceedings continue, Mr. Delgado will have no involvement with any diocesan institution or parish, nor will he return to his studies at the seminary.
"We are saddened to learn of the allegations against Mr. Delgado. It is our prayer for all involved that the judicial proceedings will bring forth the truth of this matter in a timely and just manner," the statement said. It said that Delgado had been working at the camp for the summer.
A Fall River District Court spokeswoman said yesterday that Delgado was being held in the New Bedford House of Correction in lieu of $ 25,000 cash bail ordered by Judge David Turcotte. His case was continued to Friday.
Detective Sgt. Alan L. Alves and Officer Donald Bullock arrested Delgado after the woman reported she had sought counseling from Delgado, whom she had met through her church, for minor personal problems. Police said Delgado invited the woman for a walk on camp grounds, where he raped her. The woman was treated at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and released, police said.
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