Former layman faces sexual abuse charges

Boston Globe

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

A 79-year-old former Roman Catholic priest who supervised altar boys as a laymen in a Dorchester parish is now facing rape and indecent assault charges in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston Wednesday.

Michael Walsh is scheduled to be arraigned on two counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, which is prosecuting the case.

While a layman, Walsh served as the volunteer “altar boy coordinator’’ at St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester from 1988 to 1991 and is alleged to have assaulted a boy during those years, prosecutors said.

Walsh also served as a layman in the same capacity at Saint Francis de Sales Church in Charlestown in the mid to late 1950s, prosecutors said.

Walsh retired, moved to Florida where he later entered a Maryland seminary and was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 2002 when he was in his mid-60s, prosecutors said. That same year, two adult survivors alleged that Walsh abused them while he was working at the Dorchester parish, leading church leaders to revoke his ministry, prosecutors said.

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