Fr. Donald Bolton

Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1952
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Parents from St Gregory Thaumaturgus parish in the town of North East PA complained to DA that Bolton had molested their daughter for two years. The Redemptorists had promised that he would not work with children but the parents learned he was teaching at school in NY. Bolton was charged in 11/86 with one count each of indecent assault and corruption of minors. He pled guilty and received three years probation in 2/87. Bolton had been transferred from St Gregory’s to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Brooklyn NY, which maintained a grammar school and a high school, and then in 1987 to do promotional work at Holy Family Retreat House in Hampton VA. Bolton agreed to enter treatment program. Police knew of other victims but stated that statute of limitations had run. Also worked in Brazil and in other US dioceses including New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Brooklyn and Albany NY, Orlando FL, and Richmond VA. Bolton died 10/27/06.


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