Fr. James E. Gaudreau

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Removed from assignment at St Joseph’s in Lynn as of 9/23/12 after allegation he had abused a child in 2006. Placed on unpaid leave with no public ministry during archdiocesan investigation. Police were notified. Gaudreau had been at the parish since 1984, pastor since 1993. As of 9/15/13 District Attorney has said he would not file criminal charges against Gaudreau. Resigned from parish in 11/14; canonical process ongoing. On 9/10/20 the archdiocese announced that Gaudreau had been found guilty by the Church of child abuse and his sentenced was affirmed by the Vatican to live a life of prayer and penance.

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