March 17, 2005

Accused priest still fighting extradition

Milford Daily News

By Sara Withee / Daily News Staff
Thursday, March 17, 2005

BELLINGHAM -- The Rev. Paul Desilets has given official notice he will continue fighting extradition on sex abuse charges, Worcester District Attorney John Conte's office said yesterday.

Many expected the move by the 81-year-old priest, who has been appealing his return for three years.

"It doesn't surprise me in the least," Bellingham Detective Sgt. Richard Perry said yesterday.

In a March 6 story, Desilets' attorney, Guylaine Lavigne of Montreal, told the Daily News her client planned to keep appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada, the nation's highest court. But Conte's office said she had until last Friday to file.

Conte's office began the extradition process to return Desilets in fall 2002, several months after a Worcester County grand jury indicted the priest on 32 criminal charges for allegedly abusing 18 altar boys at the former Assumption Parish.

Posted by kshaw at March 17, 2005 08:22 AM