Priest Accused in Tryst Scheme
The Rev. Guthrie Served in Weymouth

Patriot Ledger [Quincy MA]
November 8, 2001

A Roman Catholic priest accused of setting up a tryst with undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old boy served in Weymouth's Immaculate Conception parish during the early 1970s.

The Rev. Frederick L. Guthrie, 65, was released on $2,500 bail Tuesday night after police arrested him outside a boarded-up ice cream stand in Nashua, N.H. An undercover police officer posing as a youth set up the meeting, police said.

The Rev. Guthrie has been on health leave since July 1. His last assignment was as pastor of St. Ann's parish in Gloucester, according to a statement from the Boston Archdiocese.

"To our knowledge this is the only such accusation that has been made against Father Guthrie," the Rev. Charles Higgins, secretary for ministerial personnel, said in the statement.

The archdiocese was prepared to cooperate with authorities, the Rev. Higgins said.

The Rev. Guthrie is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 21 in Nashua District Court on a charge of prohibited computer use.

An article in The Patriot Ledger in 1971 notes a community service award given to the Rev. Guthrie for his work with the town's youth.

The Weymouth Jaycees recognized him for being one of the founders of a now-defunct program called Weymouth Youth and Home. He was director of the youth-oriented Immaculate Conception Parish Center.

The Rev. Guthrie is reported to be a Medford native who graduated from Malden Catholic High School and St. John's Seminary in Brighton.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese, Donna Morrissey, could not immediately provide details about the Rev. Guthrie's assignment in Weymouth. A woman who answered the phone at the Immaculate Conception rectory referred all calls to Morrissey.

In 1962, the the Rev. Guthrie, newly ordained, was assigned as an assistant priest at St. Susanna Parish in Dedham.

He was also pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Salem for 10 years.

Richard Ives, president of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, called the charges "quite disturbing and surprising."


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
guide of business management sytem guide of job opinions guide of capital goods guide of make fast money guide of Debt restructuring guide of home business guide of income money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems