2nd Man Accuses Blizard of Attempted Sex Assault

By Kathleen A. Shaw
Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts)
April 13, 2002

A second man has accused the Rev. David L. Blizard of attempted sexual assault.

Naval Chief Petty Officer Stephen J. Saucier of Upton told the Telegram & Gazette this week that Rev. Blizard attempted to sexually assault him during an overnight stay at Holy Angels rectory in Upton.

The young man said he fought back, however, and punched the priest before leaving the room.

Chief Petty Officer Saucier was a 16-year-old altar boy at Holy Angels at the time. He said he went to the rectory for a "sleepover." Rev. Blizard served in Upton in 1982 and 1983.

"He doesn't deserve to be called Father," said the chief petty officer, who contacted the T&G from his current naval assignment in Japan.

He said that as he has gotten older, he has come to realize that he needs to go public with his allegation, "to expose him for what he is."

Raymond L. Delisle, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, said Rev. Blizard left the diocese in 1988 and he does not know where he is. Attempts to reach Rev. Blizard for comment were unsuccessful.

"At first I never thought there was anything wrong with me sitting on his bed watching TV, because he was a priest," Chief Petty Officer Saucier said. "After about a half-hour, he wanted to play a 'game.' When he tried to stick his hand down my shorts, I punched him and went into another room, locked the door and fell asleep on the floor," he said. He said he was too embarrassed to mention the incident.

"I guess I shocked him when I punched him and left the room. Still, I never said anything because of the shame that I feared," he said.

William Allen of Worcester told the T&G last week that Rev. Blizard was involved in an improper relationship with him when he was an 18-year-old college student who intended to become a Catholic priest. Rev. Blizard was assigned to St. Roch's parish in Oxford at the time.

The Telegram & Gazette also received reports from three other people, who do not want to be publicly identified, alleging that Rev. Blizard had molested them.


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