Lawyer: Accused Mass. priest won't be chargedAP , Associated Press
Sep. 16, 2013 12:41 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Lynn priest says prosecutors won't file charges against the clergyman, who was accused a year ago of sexually abusing a child.
The Essex district attorney's office and the Lynn Police Department recently closed their investigation of the Rev. James Gaudreau, the priest's attorney, Frank L. McNamara Jr. told The Boston Globe.
Essex district attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan confirmed that no charges have been filed against Gaudreau, but she wouldn't comment further, including on whether the investigation was complete. She cited the office's policy to decline to comment on investigations.
A spokesman for the Boston Archdiocese said its investigation is continuing and Gaudreau will remain on leave and barred from public ministry until it's complete.
In a statement, Gaudreau thanked God for "this day of deliverance" and said he hopes the archdiocese will soon allow him to return to his duties at Saint Joseph Parish.
"My conscience was always clear," said Gaudreau, 70. "I knew that I was innocent of any wrongdoing. I was also confident that, in time, I would be thoroughly exonerated."
Gaudreau arrived at Saint Joseph Parish in 1984 as the Spanish apostolate for the Lynn area, archdiocese officials have said. He became the church's priest in 1993.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com