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#84537 - 05/16/02 10:56 PM Four of 14 new sexual abuse suits involve priests who served locally.
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Four of 14 new sexual abuse suits involve priests who served locally
By BRAD MORIN

Democrat Staff Writer

DOVER — The Diocese of Manchester is facing more legal problems stemming from the sex scandal, including 14 new lawsuits from plaintiffs who claim the church failed to protect them from abuse.

Attorney Mark Abramson filed the lawsuits Wednesday afternoon in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester. Four of the alleged victims are named in the lawsuits, but most are referred to only as "John Doe."

Some of the allegations have local connections, involving priests who served in Farmington and Exeter. They also involve one priest who formerly served in Rochester and another who was suspended and reportedly living in Dover.

Thirteen of the lawsuits involve priests, while one involves a lay teacher. Four of the priests named in these lawsuits were on a list released in February by the Diocese of Manchester. That list included priests who had been the subject of sexual abuse allegations and had their ministries revoked.

With the new cases filed on Wednesday, Abramson’s clients have now filed a total of 22 claims against the church, seeking unspecified damages. The following are synopses of the new cases:

An unnamed client alleges he was molested by suspended priest Paul Aube in the early 1970s while he was serving at St. Mary’s church in Claremont. Abramson said when his client tried to stop the alleged abuse, Aube told him, "Nobody will believe you. I am a priest."
Aube was named in an earlier lawsuit by one of Abramson’s clients, Daniel Whitehouse of Rochester. He alleges that he was abused in the late 1970s and early 1980s while Aube was serving at Holy Rosary in Rochester.

Aube was on the diocese’s list of accused priests, which stated that he was suspended and living in Manchester. The diocese stated that his permission for pastoral ministry had been revoked.

Robert Gelinas alleges that he was molested by retired priest Gerald Chalifour while he was serving at St. Peter’s in Farmington. Gelinas said the abuse occurred at a camp that belonged to one of Chalifour’s friends, Abramson said.
Chalifour, who also served at St. Martin’s in Somersworth during the 1950s, was on the diocese’s list of accused priests. He was listed as retired, living in Manchester and his ministry was revoked Feb. 15.

q Two unnamed clients allege they were molested by suspended priest Stephen Scruton, whom the diocese reported as living in Dover. One alleged victim claims he was molested during the late 1960s while Scruton was serving at St. Kieran in Berlin. The other plaintiff claims he was molested by Scruton several times from 1968-1969 in the suspended priest’s vehicle, Abramson said.
Scruton was also mentioned in an earlier lawsuit filed by Abramson’s clients. Three brothers accused Scruton of failing to take action after allegedly witnessing abuse committed by another priest in Hudson.

Scruton was also on the diocese’s list of accused priests and his ministry had been revoked earlier at an undisclosed time. When the list was publicized in February, Scruton was fired from his job as a counselor to inmates at a Massachusetts jail.

Two unnamed clients allege they were molested by priest Paul Grolleau. In one case, the alleged abuse occurred from 1969-1973 while Grolleau was serving at St. Michael’s in Exeter. Abramson said the alleged abuse happened at Grolleau’s nearby camp. The other alleged victim claims he was molested from 1969-1971 while Grolleau was serving at St. George’s in Manchester. Grolleau was not on the list released in February.
Two unnamed clients allege they were molested by retired priest Raymond Laferriere while he was serving at St. Augustine’s in Manchester during the 1960s. Laferriere was also on the diocese’s list of accused priests. He was listed as retired, living in Manchester and his ministry was revoked effective Feb. 15.
An unnamed client alleges he was molested by Donald Osgood at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester during the 1960s. This priest was named in another lawsuit filed by one of Abramson’s clients earlier this month, but a spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester said at the time that the church had never recorded a complaint against him.
Two clients allege they were molested by priest Alfred Constant while he was serving at St. Anthony’s in Manchester. One alleged victim, Doris David, claims she was abused in the late 1940s. An unnamed male client claims he was abused from 1959-1962. Constant was not on the diocese’s list in February.
An unnamed client alleges he was molested by a male teacher at Trinity High School in Manchester in 1979-1980. Abramson said he has not been able to establish the teacher’s first name.
Roger Crevier alleges he was molested by priest Roland Vielette at St. John’s in Allenstown during the 1970s. Crevier was not on the list released in February.
Raymond Lague alleges that he was molested by Francis Lamothe while he was serving at St. Mary’s in Claremont from 1958 to 1963. Another of Abramson’s clients, Jeffrey Theberge, filed a lawsuit earlier this year that claims Lamothe molested him from 1979 to 1982 in Keene. Lamothe was not on the diocese’s list from February.
Pat McGee, spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester, was aware of the lawsuits, but said the church had not received the summonses. One or two of the priests named in the lawsuits are now dead, he said.

McGee said the Diocese of Manchester is represented by attorney Brad Cook of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green.

Abramson said clients in eight of his cases are seeking $3 million attachments on church property, though similar motions will eventually be filed in all of the cases. The court has begun scheduling hearings on those requests, he said.

Democrat Staff Writer Brad Morin can be reached at 742-4455 or bmorin@fosters.com

© 2002 Geo. J. Foster Company

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#84538 - 05/17/02 02:03 PM Re: Four of 14 new sexual abuse suits involve priests who served locally.
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This stuff is sad and disgusting. It certainly raises the probability that there's much of this the public will never know of. With this many men within one organization sodomizing children for decades,was there communication between them? What about the other people who worked in the individual churchs where the molestations occured? They had to know. Did the nuns think that priests sodomizing little boys is okay? What about law enforcement's role?


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#84539 - 05/17/02 08:34 PM Re: Four of 14 new sexual abuse suits involve priests who served locally.
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Despite diocese abuse report, Maguire sent to Dover parish

By BRAD MORIN

Democrat Staff Writer

DOVER — A 1986 police report reveals that the Diocese of Manchester was aware of allegations that the Rev. Joseph T. Maguire molested an altar boy in Hudson during the 1970s, but then transferred him to Dover where he allegedly molested three more victims.

Maguire confessed to the sexual abuse during an investigation by the Dover Police Department, but authorities dropped the case after determining that the statute of limitations had expired.


Rev. Joseph T. Maguire

After Maguire was named in a civil lawsuit earlier this month, Foster’s Daily Democrat obtained a copy of the police report under the state’s Right-to-Know law. Dover Police Chief William Fenniman, who worked on the 1986 investigation, answered questions at a news conference this morning in front of the police station.

"All of the allegations Father Maguire admitted to appeared to revolve around sexual abuse in the rectory of St. Joseph’s church about eight years earlier ... We found that the cases themselves didn’t fit the statute of limitations at that time," Fenniman said.

The Diocese of Manchester reported in February that Maguire’s ministry had been revoked at an undisclosed date. Earlier this month, Maguire was named in a civil lawsuit by a man who claims he was molested by Maguire during the late 1970s while he was serving at St. Joseph’s church in Dover.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Mark Abramson, said his client was interviewed as part of an investigation by the Dover Police Department. Police released a copy this morning after receiving the Right-to-Know requests.

Maguire was ordained in 1973 after an 18-year career as an electronics salesman. According to the police report, he served at Holy Trinity Church in Somersworth for approximately four months, St. Matthew’s in Whitefield for a month and St. John the Evangelist in Hudson for about nine months.

Maguire was transferred to St. Joseph’s in June 1974 and stayed there until January 1981 when he entered the Stigmatine Order of priests and was no longer assigned by the Diocese of Manchester. While at St. Joseph’s, Maguire led a charismatic prayer group that attracted hundreds of worshippers in the Seacoast.

Police began investigating Maguire in March 1986 after receiving an anonymous letter. The letter claimed Maguire had been molesting boys in Dover and Boston, letting them drink alcohol and taking nude pictures of them. Detective Brian Miller, who is still with the police force, began to investigate.

Maguire was living in Waltham, Mass. at the time. But Miller arranged for him to come into the police station for a 2½-hour interview. As the subject turned to children Maguire had worked with, Miller wrote that Maguire appeared to have difficulty speaking. "Father MaQuire [sic] told me that he could see what I was getting to and began to look down at his chest," the report says.

The report states that Maguire admitted to having sexual relations with a male juvenile while he was at St. John the Evangelist in Hudson. Maguire stated that the boy told his parents, the Diocese of Manchester was notified, and Bishop Odore Gendron investigated. Maguire told Miller that the problem had been "taken care of" through the Diocese of Manchester and it was shortly after that time that he was transferred to Dover.

"What we couldn’t fathom really was they would just move from parish to parish, if that was the case," Fenniman said this morning.

Maguire then stated that he had sexually abused three different boys at the St. Joseph’s Church rectory at different times, approximately eight years earlier. The sexual contact involved fondling of the genitals and occurred while one boy was in eighth grade and while the other two were about 13 years old. Maguire denied giving the boys alcohol or taking nude photographs of them.

Maguire stated that Bishop Gendron was familiar with the Hudson incident, but was not aware of the incidents in Dover. Miller spoke with Gendron by telephone, according to the report.

Miller’s report states, "Bishop Gendron told me that he is not familiar with any problems with any of the boys in this area, but he did state in the conversation that it is entirely possible that a priest could be involved in deviant behavior, as they are all humans and can make mistakes. I found this comment rather surprising coming from Bishop Gendron."

Maguire arranged to come in for a second interview, but ended up canceling by telephone as he was traveling to Ireland. He instead sent Miller a package of information from his psychologist, which he asked to keep confidential.

Miller located one of the alleged victims, who arrived at the police station for an interview. The boy stated that he had been an altar boy at St. Joseph’s and attended a "pool party" with Maguire when he was 12 or 13 years old. Maguire allegedly fondled the boy’s genitals in his room at the rectory, according to the boy. The boy said Maguire later apologized to him and told him not to let anyone else do that to him. Miller wrote that it seemed consistent with the incident in Hudson, because Maguire said he apologized to the victim in that case, too.

A second former altar boy was interviewed and he stated that he and another altar boy spent the night at the rectory when he was between seventh and eighth grades. The boy said Maguire had him place his hand on his erect penis, the report states.

The third former altar boy said Maguire had him rub his back with a vibrating machine and that progressed to fondling of the priest’s genitals. One of the other alleged victims had also described this back massaging device.

Miller also interviewed a fourth former altar boy who described massaging Maguire’s back with the vibrating device. He recalled that Maguire had touched his buttocks, but did not touch his groin area.

In the report, Miller notes that he believes the statute of limitations had run out on these cases.

"Obviously it was up to us to notify the bishop so he could take action," Fenniman said this morning. The chief recalls that police had a "hard time" arranging the interview. Fenniman remembers "calling and calling and calling."

Miller and Fenniman traveled to the diocese’s headquarters in Manchester to speak with Bishop Gendron. Fenniman described the facts of the case and Gendron said he would contact Maguire’s supervisor in Ireland so they could be aware and "keep an eye" on his activities, the report states.

"Bishop Gendron told us that he hoped there are no more problems in this area and said that he would be very willing to speak with us any time about anything in the future," the report states.

Gendron told police that the alleged victims could enter counseling at St. Charles orphanage in Rochester. Police contacted the alleged victims, but they stated that they did not need counseling, according to the report. At this point, the report recommends that the case be closed.

The final section of the report was written by Capt. Gary DeColfmacker, who spoke with Brian Tucker of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. DeColfmacker suggested that the parish council at St. Joseph’s should be informed, according to the report.

"Mr. Tucker stated that as an off-the-cuff opinion, he felt that we had met our burden with regard to making the suspect’s employer, ‘the church,’ aware of the situation and it would be up to them to see that no further incidents of this nature took place," the report states.

Tucker agreed with the police suggestion about informing the parish council and that if made public, more information might be brought forward, according to the report. He recommended that police should only address the allegations, and not the admissions by Maguire, according to the report.

The last entry in the report, on Sept. 5, 1986, states that the case was reviewed with the police chief, who at that time was Charles Reynolds. The decision was made to suspend the case.

Fenniman said that the parish council was never notified of the allegations against Maguire, at least not by police.

"A decision was made not to notify the parish council because the victims were very reluctant to come forward," Fenniman said.

Fenniman said a copy of the 1986 report has been sent to the Attorney General’s office, which is coordinating the statewide inquiry into clergy abuse. But there is still no possibility the case will be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations, he said.

"There’s nothing we could have done differently at the time," Fenniman said.

Based on his experience handling sexual abuse cases, Fenniman said it was "highly unlikely" these were the only victims of Maguire’s abuse.

Democrat Staff Writer Brad Morin can be reached at 742-4455 Ext. 5311 or bmorin@fosters.com

This probably does not answer all of your questions Tinfoil; the report speaks for itself. In other words, the Church essentially approves of and encourages molestation of children, will provide legal defense against allegations of abuse, will cover up any evidence of inappropriate behavior and will stop at nothing to perpetrate further victimization of the youth entrusted to them by God and the children's parents. The Church Leadership has so much power that they can even hush up law enforcement. All I can say is that not all Bishops will go straight to Heaven...Jesus will forgive them for what they've done, but I like to believe that He will also protect his little children. He is still a Lord of Truth and Justice. He serves the dish hot.

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#84540 - 05/17/02 09:29 PM Re: Four of 14 new sexual abuse suits involve priests who served locally.
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Thanks orodo. I'll discuss this with a police detective friend of mine who's job is child-sex crimes. The guy kicks ass. My feeling is there's a lot of Catholic cops. And probably Catholic police Chiefs,too. Obviously something's going on. Law enforcement has'nt had any problems doing sting ops on molesters,child porn collectors/producers. So a thing of this magnitude escaping their attention screams out for a non-BS response. I think I've already got the answer tagged,though.


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#84541 - 05/19/02 10:08 PM Re: Four of 14 new sexual abuse suits involve priests who served locally.
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You are kewl Tinfoil...

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