Macrae Sentenced to Serve at Least 33 Years for Raping Altar Boy

By Hillary Chura
Associated Press
November 14, 1994

A former priest was sentenced Monday to 33 to 67 years in prison for raping an altar boy a decade ago.

Gordon MacRae, 41, was convicted in September of raping Thomas Grover. He also has pleaded guilty to assaulting three other boys in 1983 at St. Bernard's Church.

Grover, 27, was in the courtroom when Superior Court Judge Arthur Brenner read the sentence. He said MacRae got what he deserved.

"I just hope when he goes to bed at night he feels as alone as I did. It may never be enough in the final chapter," Grover said.

Grover and his brothers, David, 28, and John, 25, testified that MacRae had betrayed their trust and violated them. Two other men also testified MacRae abused them a decade ago.

In 1988, MacRae was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a 14-year-old boy to engage in sex. The court ordered him to undergo counseling at a center for troubled priests in New Mexico.

He had completed his counseling and was working in an administrative role at the center when indicted in New Hampshire.

Defense attorney James Davis argued the former priest should be sentenced to no more than seven years because MacRae hadn't threatened or abducted anyone.

The judge said he believed MacRae would remain a dangerous sexual predator. "The prospects for your rehabilitation are very poor. There is no credible evidence you will respond to treatment," Brennan said.


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