Priest Admits Abusing Teens

By Maddie Hanna
Boston Globe

July 22, 2008

A New York priest pleaded guilty today to raping three teenagers in the 1970s and 1980s while on trips to Massachusetts, admitting that he abused the boys in his car and at a rectory in Boston’s North End.

Rev. Frank Genevieve nodded his head as a Suffolk Superior Court judge gave him a suspended sentence of eight to 10 years. Before the sentencing, two victims addressed the packed courtroom and spoke about the sentence they approved of to avoid rehashing their ordeal in a trial.

"He should have gotten longer," said one victim, David Landfear, 40, reading his impact statement as he looked at Genevieve. "You ruined my life. Period."

The Franciscan priest will not serve time if he does not violate the terms of his five-year probation, said Erika Gully-Santiago, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County district attorney's office.

The conditions of Genevieve's probation include no contact with the victims or with children under 16. He also must register as a sex offender, wear a Global Positioning Satellite monitoring device, and receive sex offender treatment, Gully-Santiago said.


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