Lawyer Mitchell Garabedian Names 7 Boston Archdiocesan Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse Who Have Never Been Publicly Named before
By Noah R. Bombard
May 7, 2019
An attorney representing sexual abuse victims in the Boston area has released the names of seven priests from the Boston Archdiocesan who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has famously represented sexual abuse victims in the Boston area during the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal, including the cases against Paul Shanley, John Geoghan and the Archdiocese of Boston plans to officially announce the names at a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Boston Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
Nadine Tifft, a client of Garabedian’s and a sexual abuse victim and survivor, will speak at the event.
The priests Garabedian says he’s adding to his website of priests accused of sexual abuse include the Rev. Gerard D. Barry, the Rev. Walter Casey, the Rev. Richard Donahue, the Rev. Charles McGahey, the Rev. Arnold E. Kelley, the Rev. Edward J. Mc Laughlin and Monsignor Charles J. Ring.
The priests are not named on the Boston Archdiocese website, Garabedian said. All except Donahue and Kelley are deceased.
The Archdiocese of Boston reached a five-figure settlement with a victim of Kelley, who lived in Lowell for a number of years.
Tifft will speak publicly for the first time about her sexual abuse as a child in Vermont in approximately 2000 by Fr. John Sweeney, of the “Franciscans of Primitive Observance,” a religious community under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
The Archdiocese of Boston did not immediately return a call for comment.