Massachusetts Priest Arraigned on Charge of Trying to Solicit Teen for Sex

Associated Press State & Local Wire
November 21, 2001

A priest accused of using a computer to solicit a 15-year-old boy for sex was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua District Court.

The Rev. Frederick Guthrie, 65, remained free on bail following the brief hearing. He waived his right to a probable cause hearing, and a judge said Guthrie would be allowed to go on a previously scheduled trip to the United Kingdom from Dec. 11 to Jan. 15.

Guthrie, charged with one count of using a computer to solicit a minor, must surrender his passport when he returns. A date for another hearing has not been set.

Guthrie, of Newbury, Mass., was arrested earlier this month at an ice cream stand parking lot in Nashua after setting up a meeting on the Internet with a person who turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Guthrie is on health leave and did not have a parish assignment at the time of his arrest. He completed his last assignment as pastor of St. Ann's Parish in Gloucester, Mass., on July 1.

The Archdiocese of Boston suspended his priestly duties following his arrest.


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