Fr. Richard Boyd

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Crookston MN

Convicted in 1984 of possession of hundreds of items, including about 20 magazines, plus photos and albums, of teenage boys younger than 18 engaged in sex, court records show. Completed 2-year probation and 6-month treatment at a Catholic facility in MA. Responding to concerns of parishioners in 2003, the Crookston review board found no evidence of abuse. A police investigation found photos of nude young men, not evidently underage, posted by Boyd on the internet. Boyd denied wrongdoing. He took indefinite leave of absence and resigned from parish in 2003 saying ‘innuendo and gossip’ destroyed his credibility as minister. Laicized in 2006. Boyd’s appeal was pending. Added sometime after 9/21/17 to the diocese’s list of those with credible accusations against them of abuse of minors.

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