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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

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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.

Boston priest accused of child rape found dead: Anglican Ink, September 27, 2012 September 27, 2012

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Paul LaCharite. Photo: Somerville Police Department

The Massachusetts priest facing charges of attempted child rape and sexual abuse has died.

“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,” the Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, said last night.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

Priest arrested for attempted child rape: The Church of England Newspaper, September 16, 2012 p 6. September 17, 2012

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A priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has been arrested by police on suspicion of indecent assault and attempted rape of a young boy.

On 7 September 2012, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office reported the Rev. Paul A. LaCharite (65) had been taken into custody by the Somerville (Mass.) Police Department.

“We allege that this defendant, holding a trusted position within the Episcopal Church, indecently assaulted and touched the victim over several years, only ending his 10-year long predatory abuse of the victim when the defendant left the church,” District Attorney Leone said.

“Our office will continue to prosecute those who harm or exploit children, as they are our most vulnerable victims and most deserving of our protection,” she said.

Fr. LaCharite, who presently serves as priest associate of Old North Church in Boston, is accused of molesting a boy over a period of ten years when he was rector of St James Episcopal Church in Somerville from 1989 to 2005.  According the district attorney’s office, the alleged abuse began when the victim was an elementary school student and continued until Fr. LaCharite’s retirement earlier this year.

Fr. LaCharite is alleged to have begun inappropriately touching the child and progressed over time to acts of indecent assault and attempted rape. The victim reported the assaults to the police earlier this week, and after investigation a warrant was arrested for Fr. LaCharite’s arrest.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Massachusetts told The Church of England Newspaper it was “cooperating fully with the investigation, and is making arrangements for pastoral care for the congregations where Paul LaCharite had affiliations and for Paul LaCharite himself.”

The diocesan spokesman said the church’s “canonical disciplinary process was initiated upon receipt of news from the DA’s Office.  The diocese remains committed to making our congregations safe through transparency, diligence, care for victims and due process.  We face this situation with real sorrow and concern for everyone affected.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Massachusetts priest arrested for attempted child rape: Anglican Ink, Sept 7, 2012 September 8, 2012

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A retired Diocese of Massachusetts priest has been arrested by police and charged on one count of assault to rape a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery.

On 7 September 2012, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office reported the Rev. Paul A. LaCharite (65) had been taken into custody by the Somerville Police Department.

“We allege that this defendant, holding a trusted position within the Episcopal Church, indecently assaulted and touched the victim over several years, only ending his 10-year long predatory abuse of the victim when the defendant left the church,” District Attorney Leone said.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.