Roslindale Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Fox 25
August 15, 2011

BOSTON (FOX 25 / - A local priest is under investigation following allegations of sexual abuse.

Father John Mendicoa, a vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.

Mendicoa is being investigated for sexually abusing a child back in the 1980s.

Parishioners, who were told of the matter during Sunday services, were stunned. They said he's a good man who is actively involved in the church community.

Archbishop Sean O'Malley released the following statement about the allegations:

"My prayers and concern are with all people who are impacted by this matter. I remain committed to doing everything possible to protect our children, while at the same time furthering the healing process and rebuilding trust."

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