January 26, 2005

'Justice day' for BC High molester coach

Boston Herald

By Casey Ross
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The accusers of a Boston College High School teacher and soccer coach convicted of sexual abuse rejected his courtroom apology yesterday and said they were relieved to see him taken away in handcuffs.

``This man caused not just me but many young men and boys a lot of heartache, self-doubt and pain,'' James Scanlan said after his former teacher, the Rev. James Talbot, was sentenced yesterday. ``Today is justice day.''

Talbot was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to sexually assaulting two boys at the Dorchester school between 1977 and 1979.

The 67-year-old priest did not face his victims when he offered a brief apology for his ``manipulative and sexually addictive behavior.''

``I thought his statement was hollow,'' said Michael Doherty, who accused Talbot of abusing him when the priest taught at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, in the 1980s.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2005 05:52 AM