Pre-trial Hearing for Suspended Blessed Sacrament Priest Pushed to December

By Keith Ferguson
Walpole Times
October 28, 2010

Suspended Blessed Sacrament priest Emile “Mike” Boutin appeared in Stoughton District Court on Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing, but the conference was pushed back due to possible new evidence coming into play.

Boutin pleaded not guilty in June to a charge of indecent assault and battery after he was accused of inappropriately grabbing a 21-year-old man in a sexual manner behind a Rte. 138 parking lot in Canton.

The defense attorney was granted a request to postpone the hearing to Dec. 10 citing the need to review “additional discovery.”

The attorney did not detail evidence while speaking in open session to Stoughton District Court Judge James McGovern.

Boutin was present at the hearing wearing a non-clerical suit and tie but did not speak during the quick proceedings.

He was released following his arraignment in early summer on $500 bail and on condition that he stay away from the alleged victim and the Rte. 138 “Park and Ride.”

The Archdiocese of Boston has banned Boutin from public ministry pending the outcome of this case.


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