July 16, 2005

Ex-priest gets 2 years

The Sun Chronicle

NEW BEDFORD -- Decades after sexually abusing a young girl for seven years while he was a Catholic priest serving in Norton, Donald Bowen was taken from a courthouse in shackles Friday, sentenced to two years in jail.

The now 67-year-old bespectacled and balding man pleaded guilty in New Bedford Superior Court to two sexual molestation charges but not before first denying forcing the girl to perform a sex act and then minimizing the crime by saying he `` rarely'' had done so.

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 03:23 AM