Fr. John T. Atwater

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Died: 11/7/2006
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Documents revealed in 2002 that in 1993 Atwater was accused of abuse of a 14-year-old boy, who was a Cardinal Cushing Academy boarding student in 1971 when Atwater was the school’s Director. Atwater denied the allegations. He retired in 2002. Sent to treatment where it was determined that he “had no sexual conflicts.” In 2/2002 another man alleged he was abused by Atwater at the same school some time after 1967. In 9/2004 a man said he was abused by Atwater at age 12 in approximately 1969. Atwater died in 2006. Canonical investigation not complete at the time of his death. Included on the archdiocese’s list in 8/2011.

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