April 05, 2005

Former priest pleads innocent to child rape charges

Boston Herald

By Associated Press
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - Updated: 06:20 PM EST

BOSTON - A defrocked Catholic priest pleaded innocent to child rape charges Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court and was released on $5,000 bail.

Robert Burns, 56, of Concord, N.H., is charged with six counts of rape of a child under 16, and seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Prosecutors said Burns molested five boys while he was assigned to parishes in the Jamaica Plain and Charlestown sections of Boston between the mid-1980s and early 90s.

Burns was convicted in 1996 of indecent assault of a child and was imprisoned for three years in New Hampshire. He was defrocked in 1999.

Posted by kshaw at April 5, 2005 08:03 PM