Church Reinstates Priest

Boston Herald
September 30, 2010

The Archdiocese of Boston yesterday announced a review board has found sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Charles J. Murphy were unsubstantiated and he is being restored to senior priest status.

Murphy was placed on leave in April, accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1970 and 1971. He was previously cleared of a 2004 allegation. Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer for Murphy's accuser, slammed the decision yesterday, saying the board did not question his client on the allegations.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Kelly Lynch said the process is confidential and would not comment on the case, but defended the board's process.

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