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Boston priest accused of abuse dies from drug overdose: The Church of England Newspaper, October 7, 2012 p 7. October 8, 2012

Posted by geoconger in Abuse, Church of England Newspaper, Massachusetts, The Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Paul LaCharite. Photo: Somerville Police Dept.

The Boston priest accused of child rape has died of drug overdose, the Diocese of Massachusetts reports.

“With sorrow I received news this evening that the Rev. Paul LaCharite has died, an apparent suicide.  This is a shocking tragedy, and I’ve asked our diocesan community to pray for everyone concerned,” Bishop M. Thomas Shaw said in a statement posted on the diocesan website on 26 September 2012.

Boston police are investigating the death of Fr. LaCharite, whose body was found at his home last week. On 7 Sept the Middlesex District Attorney’s office announced that the former rector fo St James Episcopal Church in Somerville, Massachusetts had been charged with multiple counts of child abuse, assault and battery and attempted rape of a young boy, now 26, over a period of ten years. The abuse began when the boy was 7 years of age and ended when Fr. LaCharite retired, the victim alleged.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy,” David Meier, a lawyer for LaCharite, told the Boston Herald. “Fr. Paul LaCharite was truly an innocent man who was driven to the depths of despair by a false accusation.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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