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  Bishop Guertin, Brothers Settle Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Union Leader (Manchester NH)
August 30, 2003

NASHUA (AP) — Two brothers who claim a former Bishop Guertin teacher sexually abused them at summer camp have settled their lawsuit against the religious order that runs the high school.

The brothers, identified in court records only by initials, previously settled claims against the Diocese of Manchester, which owns and runs Camp Fatima in Gilmanton.

The brothers charge that Brother Guy Beaulieu abused them during his first summer at the camp in 1972 when they were 6 and 8 years old.

They now are in their late 30s, their lawyer, Peter Hutchins, said.

Hutchins and one of the order's lawyers, Andy Schulman, declined to comment on the amount of the settlement for the two brothers' claims.

The brothers had reached a settlement with the diocese and Brothers of the Sacred Heart in December.

The two brothers had charged that the order had misled them about when officials first learned of complaints against Beaulieu, who taught at Bishop Guertin for more than 20 years, until 1991.

At the time of the first settlement, Hutchins said, officials said they first learned of complaints against Beaulieu in 1993. Soon after the settlement was signed, however, Beaulieu gave a sworn statement in another lawsuit saying he had been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old student at Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Harrisville, R.I., in 1971.

Beaulieu said he admitted abusing the boy during a meeting with Principal Leo Labbe, who later went on to run Bishop Guertin, and the matter was reported to then-Provincial Superior Brother Ronald Dupuis, Hutchins said.

Labbe and Dupuis denied any recollection or knowledge of the sexual abuse allegation, however, Hutchins said.

Labbe, Dupuis and Beaulieu were expected to be called to testify Thursday in an evidentiary hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court but the two sides settled Wednesday evening.

Hutchins said he expects the same issue to come up in a pending lawsuit brought by Kevin Dandley of Hudson, who claims Beaulieu assaulted him repeatedly at Camp Fatima and while he was a Bishop Guertin student in the 1970s.

Labbe placed himself on administrative leave from Bishop Guertin in November when he was accused of molesting a sixth-grader about 40 years ago at a Massachusetts school.

 
 

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