Former priest accused of raping boy decades ago to appear in court


BOSTON —A former priest accused of child rape and assaults he allegedly committed while he was an altar boy coordinator at a Dorchester church is scheduled to face charges Wednesday.

Michael Walsh, 79, is expected to be arraigned Suffolk Superior Court on two counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child.

Officials said Walsh allegedly committed the assaults against one boy during the late 1980s and early 1990s while at St Brendan’s. Previously, Walsh was a layman at St. Francis de Sales Church in Charlestown.

Walsh later became a priest, but was relieved of those duties in 2002.

Suffolk prosecutors were able to bring the charges in part because Walsh spent many years in Florida and Michigan, tolling the statute of limitations.

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