Fr. Garry Boulden

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

A woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that Boulden molested her beginning when she was age 12 and a student at a Spokane parish school in the 1970s and ’80s. The parish pastor was reportedly informed at the time, and his response was to blame the girl and ask why she was threatening the career of a “fine young priest.” Boulden denied the allegations. He moved to Seattle in 1983, doing occasional parish ministry. He was working in 1987 for the Mayor’s Office for Senior Services and was hired in 1989 by the Police Dept. Removed from ministry in 2002. Seattle Police knew of allegations by 2003. Per bishop in 11/07, the allegations were credible. Name included on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s 1/15/16 list. Placed on leave by the Seattle Police Dept. in 2/20 after public pressure.

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