April 26, 2005

Retired priest from Plymouth charged with rape of boy, 8

Brockton Enterprise

enterprise wire and staff report

BROCKTON A suspended priest was to be arraigned today in a Brockton court on charges he raped a boy in Plymouth in 1991, authorities said.

The Rev. Anthony J. 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 and has been living in Hull, 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 phone call.

Laurano has been free pending his arraignment today in Plymouth Superior Court in Brockton.

According to Enterprise files, Laurano was ordained a priest in May 1950 and was assigned to St. Mary's parish in north Plymouth at that time. He left the Plymouth parish in February 1956 to serve at St. Catherine of Genoa Church in Somerville. His assignments between the Somerville parish and his return to St. Mary's in Plymouth at a later date could not be immediately determined.

Posted by kshaw at April 26, 2005 04:38 PM