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Priest To Face Child Rape Charges

Aug 8, 2002 | WCVB TheBostonChannel.com

A Catholic priest was indicted Thursday for allegedly abusing a teenage boy.

NewsCenter 5's David Boeri said that a Middlesex County grand jury handed up two indictments of child rape against the Rev. Paul William Hurley, of Sandwich, Mass.

District Attorney Martha Coakley said that the alleged abuse by Hurley occurred in the rectory of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Cambridge.

Hurley, 59, was assigned to the church in 1987. He allegedly continued a relationship with a 15-year-old boy he first met at St. Peter's and Paul's Church in South Boston.

The boy allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Hurley on frequent occasions.

"There is an allegation that the young man, during these visits, asked for and obtained money up to amounts of $80 or $100 from Father Hurley. The young man believed that the amount of money that he received from Father Hurley was related to how well he performed on that occasion," Coakley said.

At the time, the boy used the money to buy alcohol and drugs, he said. The victim said that Hurley knew what he was using the money for.

The victim, now 29 years old, revealed the alleged abuse to a therapist last summer.

"Obviously, these facts need to be tried by a jury, but we believe that we have sufficient evidence to present, and the grand jury found sufficient cause to indict him for these allegations," Coakley said.

According to the 2002 Catholic directory for the Boston Archdiocese, Hurley is on a health leave. He last served in the clergy's personnel office.

Late Thursday afternoon, the archdiocese pledged its cooperation with law enforcement officials. The church said that Hurley remains on administrative leave and has been restricted from public ministry.

Hurley is scheduled to face charges on Aug. 19.


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