Rev. Paul Henry Leech

Ordained: 1980

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louis E. Gelineau was bishop of Providence

1980 St. Philip's



Charged in July 1984 of having sexually asaulted teenage boys at three parishes, including St. Philip's. (United Press International
July 5, 1984)



As a Deacon, prior to ordination, Leech worked under Revs. Raymond J. Rafferty, Charles P. Quinn, and Roger C. Gagne. He is listed in the Official Catholic Directory as as Rev. Mr. P. Henry Leech.

St. Philip had a school with 272 students.
1980 1983

St. Joseph's

Stations-Morin Heights Community Center; Woonsocket Health Center

(Chipman's Corners)

Pleaded no contest in Aug. 1985 to sexual assault, sodomy, and assault and battery on teenage boys at three RI parishes, including St. Joseph's. (Associated Press
August 20, 1985)




Leech was the third priest, after Revs. J.A. Roger Lacasse and Dennis M. Boudreau.

1983 1984 St. Jude's


Sentenced in Oct. 1985 for sexual assault of teenage boys at St. Jude's and his previous parishes. Although the sentence was for 86 years in jail, all but three years were suspended. (United Press International
October 7, 1985)




Pastor was Rev. George P. Behan.

1984 1988 Absent on sick leave ? ?   Leech's name no longer appears in the OCDs after 1988.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1980-1988).

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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