May 13, 2005

Former parishioners relieved by Desilets sentence

Milford Daily News

By Sara Withee / Daily News Staff
Friday, May 13, 2005

BELLINGHAM -- The parishioners he stood before for years at Our Lady of the Assumption parish voiced relief yesterday to see the Rev. Paul Desilets, who fought sex abuse charges for three years, sentenced to state prison.

"I'm just glad that it's all put behind us, especially for the families of the victims and the kids themselves," said longtime parishioner Charles Gerrior. "At least we're finished and we don't have to run after him anymore."

"I'm delighted it's over," agreed Margaret Tuttle, 75. "It's a bit of a relief. They are young men now, but they were just little boys. It's a relief for everyone in town, everyone in our parish."

Desilets, 81, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court to 32 charges of abusing 18 altar boys at the parish in Bellingham, where he served between 1974 and 1984.

Posted by kshaw at May 13, 2005 07:21 AM