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Childhood sexual abuse victim of former altar boy supervisor, former priest, and convicted sexual abuser, Michael Walsh, to speak publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse he experienced and the inspiration he received from deceased childhood sexual abuse victim, Joe Crowley, who died on Easter Sunday, 2017

Brian Ward was a child, altar server, and parishioner of St. Brendan’s Parish, Dorchester, MA, when he was sexually abused by layman Michael Walsh who supervised altar boys at St. Brendan’s Parish and sexually abused Brian Ward in his car, at his Dorchester home, in his parish office, and on a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, between 1988 and 1991.

Convicted pedophile Michael Walsh grew up in Charlestown, MA, was the head altar boy at St. Francis de Sales Church, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 2002 in Grand Rapids, MI. He is currently serving a prison sentence for sexually abusing Brian Ward. Brian Ward is currently seeking financial compensation from the Archdiocese of Boston and is represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA

A press conference with Brian Ward, childhood sexual abuse survivor of Michael Walsh from St. Brendan’s Parish, Dorchester, who will discuss the abuse he experienced, the prison sentence of Michael Walsh, and the inspiration he received from Joe Crowley, deceased sexual abuse victim.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Noon

On the public sidewalk in front of St. Brendan’s Roman Catholic Church, 589 Gallivan Boulevard, Boston, MA 02124

Brian Ward, a childhood sexual abuse victim/survivor of convicted altar boy supervisor Michael Walsh; and, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Michael Walsh, former altar boy supervisor at St. Brendan’s Parish in Dorchester, MA, is serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to sexually abusing Brian Ward, a courageous former altar boy at St. Brendan’s Parish on several occasions and in several locations. Mr. Ward will speak publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse he experienced, the harm it caused, and the inspiration he received to come forward and report the sexual abuse by Michael Walsh from Joe Crowley, sexual abuse victim of Fr. Paul Shanley, who died five months ago. Joe Crowley’s case was featured in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, “Spotlight.”

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 –
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 –

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