Fr. William M. Walsh

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

One case settled in 2007. Attorney MItchell Garabedian stated that he represented a man who alleged he was abused a dozen times by Walsh at age 12 in 1985-86, at St Joseph’s in Hyde Park. Some abuse in St. Joseph’s, and at Blessed Sacrament in Jamaica Plain and in New Hampshire. Documents in file also allege abuse at Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Danvers. ‘Third-hand’ allegation investigated in 1980; deemed unsubstantiated. Second investigation in 1991. At least two letters sent to the Archdiocese after 1/01 contained allegations but no formal complaints. Review board found in 2003 that anonymous accusations were not cause to suspend. Personnel file released in 1/04. In late 2003 or early 2004 a person came forward with specific allegations; placed on leave pending further investigation. Voluntary laicization announced 7/19/11.


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