Affidavit Details Allegations against Naugatuck Priest

Associated Press, carried in Boston Globe
August 23, 2007

Naugatuck, Conn. — A Roman Catholic priest arrested on a sexual assault charge is accused of plying a 15-year-old boy with wine and cash in exchange for oral sex, according to newly opened court documents.

A probable cause affidavit released Wednesday details allegations against the Rev. Robert J. Grant, 63, pastor of St. Mary and St. Hedwig churches in Naugatuck.

Grant was charged Aug. 2 with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, and later released on a $200,000 bond.

The boy, now 16, told police that Grant first gave him wine and $20 in June 2006. He said their first sexual encounter occurred in August 2006, according to the affidavit.

The boy told police that Grant gave him wine and between $100 and $150 each time he performed oral sex on the priest. He also received $50 for back massages, according to court papers.

The alleged incidents were reported to police after the boy's father smelled alcohol on his son's breath and questioned where he had gotten wine and money.

Grant has denied all of the allegations, according to the affidavit. He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 12.

The Archdiocese of Hartford has placed Grant on administrative leave. He has been pastor of St. Mary's since 2005, and was named pastor of St. Hedwig in June.

A message was left Thursday morning for Grant's attorney, William St. John of Waterbury.


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