April 28, 2005

Diocese of Manchester settles new sexual abuse complaints

Foster's Daily Democrat

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Diocese of Manchester has settled four new sexual abuse complaints against three of its priests dating back to the 1950s and 1970s.

Concord lawyer Chuck Douglas recently settled the claims on behalf of two women and two men. He wouldn’t say how much his clients were paid, but said the total was in the six-figure range.

Two of the priests involved, Monsignor John Boyd and the Rev. Gerard Beaudet, are dead. The third, the Reverend Romeo Valliere, retired in 2001.

Boyd was accused of abusing one of the women in the 1950s when he oversaw what is now Holy Trinity School in Laconia. Beaudet was accused of abusing the other woman and one of the men when he served as pastor of Saint Albert’s parish in West Stewartson in the 1970s.

Posted by kshaw at April 28, 2005 09:23 AM