January 12, 2005

Priest pleads guilty to abuse

Nashua Telegraph

By DENISE LAVOIE, The Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005

BOSTON - A Jesuit priest who taught and coached at Boston College High School pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting two teenage boys during wrestling drills.

Prosecutors said the Rev. James Talbot, 67, sexually assaulted the two students in the late 1970s, when he was teaching history and coaching soccer and hockey at the all-male parochial school.

Talbot, 67, is the first member of the Jesuit order prosecuted in the Boston Archdiocese since the clergy sex abuse scandal erupted here in 2002.

He pleaded guilty to one count each of rape and assault with intent to rape, and three counts of assault and battery. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, he faces five to seven years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 24.

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2005 06:12 AM