Deacon William R. Emerson
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA
Accused in a lawsuit settled in 6/21 in the high five figures of sexually abusing a boy, ages 8-13, over 100 times at St. William’s in Tewskbury during 1973-1978. Prior to Boston, Emerson was a deacon in St. Louis, MO and Omaha, NE, where he worked at Boys Town U.S.A. In 2012 he admitted to smuggling drugs into the Middlesex County House of Correction in Billerica, where he was chaplain; he was sentenced to community service and ordered to stay away from jails. Emerson died in 2018.
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