April 25, 2005

Suspended priest to be arraigned on child rape charges

Telegram & Gazette

The Associated Press

BROCKTON, Mass. A suspended priest from Hull is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges he raped a boy in Plymouth in 1991, authorities said.

The Rev. Anthony Laurano, 80, was indicted earlier this month on two counts of child rape, according to Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

Laurano, who retired from St. Mary's Church in Plymouth in 1995, was placed on administrative leave in 2002 after abuse allegations surfaced.

Middleton wouldn't provide any additional information about the allegations. Laurano's attorney, Santina Gerber, didn't immediately return a telephone call.

Posted by kshaw at April 25, 2005 08:31 PM