October 30, 2005


New York Post


October 30, 2005 -- A defrocked priest pulled the wool over a tony Manhattan school's eyes, disguising past allegations of sexual abuse, and now faces a fresh set of charges from a 13-year-old student.

Bruce Jacques, 57, who left a Connecticut parish in the mid-'90s after allegedly offering oral sex to a boy as a "confirmation gift," told officials at the Robert Louis Stevenson on the Upper West Side he was still a practicing priest and even went so far as to take days off to "be the clergyman at various churches," said the stunned headmaster, Bud Henrichsen.

"It seems clear to us in retrospect that this is a man who lived several different lives," he said. "He lied about being an active priest."

In 1995, Jacques, the then-rector at St. John's Episcopal Church in New Milford, Conn., allegedly propositioned a 13-year-old boy at the church.

A parishioner told The Post the charming reverend adamantly denied the charges but eventually resigned in the face of mounting pressure.

Posted by kshaw at October 30, 2005 07:12 AM