Naugatuck Priest Arrested Again, Accused of Again Approaching Boy

Boston Globe
September 23, 2007

Naugatuck, Conn. A Naugatuck priest who was accused last month of sexually assaulting a teenage boy has been arrested after he allegedly sought contact with the youngster.

The Rev. Robert J. Grant was outside his car near St. Mary's Church on Saturday when he tried to call the boy over to where he was standing, said Lt. Robert Harrison, a Naugatuck police spokesman.

Grant, who formerly served St. Mary's and St. Hedwig's churches, was charged with breach of peace and released on $200,000 bond Saturday night. He is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Oct. 3.

Grant tried to approach the 16-year-old boy who accused Grant of giving him wine and money in 2006 in exchange for sex, police said.

He was charged Aug. 2 with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and released on a $200,000 bond. Grant has pleaded innocent and St. Mary's parishioners have defended him.

His lawyer, William St. John of Waterbury, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The Archdiocese of Hartford has placed Grant on administrative leave. A call was placed seeking comment from a spokesman for the archdiocese.


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