July 15, 2005

Guilty plea expected

The Sun Chronicle

NEW BEDFORD -- The case against a retired Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing a Norton girl over a seven-year period decades ago could end today.

Donald Bowen, 67, is scheduled to appear in New Bedford Superior Court for a `` change of plea'' hearing, during which he is expected to plead guilty to abusing the girl starting when she was 9, and ending when she was about 16.
The alleged abuse occurred while Bowen was a clergyman at St. Mary's Parish in Norton.

Posted by kshaw at July 15, 2005 07:30 AM