Fr. Bernard J. Lane

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused by dozens of boys of sexually abusing them at Alpha Omega facilities in Littleton MA and at Lane’s NH cottage. Accusations included oral and anal rape. First accused 1978 by 2 boys and removed after admitting going to bed with residents. Treated at House of Affirmation and St. Luke’s; at least 6 settlements including $200K in 1998. Worked unsupervised until 1999, including youth programs, pastor, priest home. Reprimanded in 2002 for false affidavit. Involuntary laicization in 2004 announced 2/05. Accused in a federal lawsuit in 10/16 of abusing a boy at a counseling facility in Malden in 1970; dismissed for lack of process in 3/17.


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