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Archdiocese says allegations against Roslindale priest were found to be unsubstantiated

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

The archdiocese of Boston says it has determined that a child sex abuse allegation against a Roslindale priest was unsubstantiated.

The archdiocese said today in a statement that the allegation was made against the Rev. John M. Mendicoa of Sacred Heart Parish in August. Mendicoa was accused of actions in the 1980s.

Mendicoa was placed on administrative leave, but has now been taken off administrative leave and assigned the status of senior priest, restricted, the archdiocese said.

Mendicoa’s ministry is limited to celebrating the sacraments with his family, unless he gets permission from top church officials, the statement said. Mendicoa is retired and no longer a pastor of a church, a church spokeswoman said.

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