April 06, 2005

Defrocked priest arraigned on new sex abuse charges

Boston Globe

By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff | April 6, 2005

Moments after former priest Robert Burns was arraigned yesterday on charges of raping or sexually abusing five boys from two Boston parishes beginning in the 1980s, a red-haired man strode over and taunted him.

''You're going to get yours," he snarled as the defendant was led away in handcuffs. The man, yanked away by a female companion, later identified himself as one of Burns's alleged victims.

Burns, who has served three years in prison for sexually abusing a child in New Hampshire, was arraigned on six counts of rape of a child under 16 and seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. He pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court, but said nothing else.

The defrocked priest from Concord, N.H. was freed on $5,000 cash bail after Assistant Suffolk District Attorney David A. Deakin acknowledged that he posed little risk of flight. Burns made all of his court appearances after he was arrested in 1995 on sexual abuse charges in New Hampshire, served three years in prison after pleading guilty and five years on parole without incident, and then voluntarily returned to face the Massachusetts charges.

Posted by kshaw at April 6, 2005 02:56 AM