Grand jury indicts former altar boy coordinator Michael Walsh on sex abuse charges


By Gintautas Dumcius |

BOSTON – Michael Walsh, who once served as an altar boy coordinator at St. Brendan’s Church in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of raping a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

Just days away from turning 80 years old, Walsh pleaded not guilty to the charges in Suffolk Superior Court.

The clerk magistrate, Anne Kaczmarek, imposed conditions that included GPS monitoring, staying away from the victim and witnesses, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16, and surrendering his passport and remaining in Massachusetts.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Walsh on Sept. 16.

In a statement filed by prosecutors on Wednesday, Walsh allegedly used his position as an altar boy coordinator, as well as a coach with Cedar Grove Baseball, from Sept. 1988 through June 1991 to “gain access to, groom, and ultimately sexually abuse the alleged victim” when the victim was in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

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