March 30, 2006

More claims against priest


By David L. Harris/ Staff Writer
Thursday, March 30, 2006

Just weeks after a former Catholic Memorial chaplain was defrocked amid allegations that he sexually abused at least three students in the early 1980s, more allegations are coming forward.

The Rev. Robert Hoatson, a former teacher and assistant headmaster at CM from 1981 to 1985, said Frederick Ryan kept a "Wall of Fame" bulletin board in his residence at the chancery that showcased hundreds of student-athletes in various states of dress and undress.

But that’s not all. "After football games, he [Ryan] would massage athletes’ backs while they were showering," Hoatson told the Transcript.

Another victim has corroborated Hoaston’s account.

Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley defrocked Ryan two weeks ago while current CM President Brother James MacDonald has said all of the alleged abuse took place outside of the school.

But Hoatson maintains some of the abuse occurred on school property and was more extensive than has ever been reported. He also said he warned the administration about Ryan back in the 1980s.

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2006 08:05 AM