October 26, 2005

Former Sacred Hearts member charged with molesting boys in the '70s

The Standard-Times

By ROB MARGETTA, Standard-Times staff writer

A former member of a Fairhaven-based religious order was arrested at his Washington, D.C., home Friday on charges he molested two boys while working at a Boston youth facility in the 1970s.
On Sept. 28, a Suffolk County grand jury indicted Edward A. Holmes, 64, on six counts of rape of a child, 19 counts of indecent assault and one count of posing a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.
District of Columbia police arrested him and charged him as a fugitive from justice. The Suffolk District Attorney's Office is arranging for his transport to Massachusetts, which could be accomplished in days if he cooperates, or require a Governor's Warrant if he does not.
The Suffolk District Attorney's Office began its investigation of Mr. Holmes in 2003 after two men came forward alleging that he had sexually abused them as boys.
David Procopio, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said the victims were 9 and 10 years old when the abuse began in the mid-1970s.

Posted by kshaw at October 26, 2005 10:04 AM