Records Show Abuse Claim against Three Hull Priests

By Patriot Ledger
Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)
December 17, 2002

Patriot Ledger staff and news services

BOSTON - The latest batch of personnel files to be released by the Boston Archdiocese contain a claim that three priests at St. Mary's Church in Hull abused a boy in the late 1960s.

The alleged victim claimed in 1993 he was molested in 1967 and 1968 by the Revs. Robert Barrett, John A. Dunn and Leo Dwyer. Dunn and Dwyer would abuse him together, the man claimed in papers released yesterday as part of Dunn's file.

"It is our understanding that Father Dwyer is deceased, and that Father Dunn has been laicized," the alleged victim's attorney, Matthew J. McNamara wrote to the archdiocese in 1993. "However, we would like to know the permanent status of Father Barrett so that we can feel comfortable that other children will not be placed at risk."

Rev. Barrett was sued over allegations of sexual abuse in Framingham, also in the 1960s. He was placed on disability leave in 1995, and is now listed as living at St. Patrick Manor in Framingham, a nursing home operated by the Carmelite order. A woman who answered the telephone there today declined to comment.

The pastor of St. Mary's, the Rev. William Williams, could not be reached this morning.

Plaintiffs' attorneys on Monday made public files on Dunn and nine additional priests. One of the files details allegations that Brother Kevin Ghastin abused two brothers at the now-closed Christopher Columbus High School in Boston after their father had died. The archdiocese settled the case for $30,000.


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