Fr. John T. Atwater

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

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 student in 1971, when Atwater was the school’s Director. Atwater denied the allegations. He retired in 2002 and was sent for therapy which said he “had no sexual conflicts.” In 2/02 another man alleged he was abused by Atwater at same school some time after 1967. In 9/04 a man said he was abused by Atwater at age 12 in approximately 1969. Atwater died in 2006. Canonical investigation not complete at his death.


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