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Priest charged with sexual assault in Cranston, Providence
Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Updated: Nov 21, 2014 5:18 PM EST
An indictment unsealed Friday charges a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence with sexual assault in parishes in Cranston and Providence.
The Rev. Barry Meehan pleaded not guilty in Superior Court to five counts of first-degree sexual assault.
According to the indictment, Meehan is accused of sexually assaulting a boy over 14 years old between April 1986 and January 1991 while assigned to St. Mary Parish in Cranston.
Meehan, 65, is accused of sexually assaulting another boy between January 1991 and August 1992 while assigned to St. Augustine Parish in Providence.
“His response is, ‘I didn’t do this. I’m factually innocent.’ There’s been a grand jury investigation. They’ve made a determination they’re going to return an indictment,” defense attorney Kevin Bristow said.
Prosecutors said one of the alleged victims reported the abuse allegations to the diocese in December 2012 and that the diocese contacted the state police. The second alleged victim was identified during the investigation.
Meehan resigned from St. Timothy’s Parish in Warwick in January 2013 and was placed on administrative leave. The diocese removed his permission to function as a priest.
Bishop Thomas Tobin said in a statement Friday that he has asked the Vatican to permanently remove Meehan from the priesthood.
Meehan was released on bail. He was ordered to surrender his passport and to stay away from the alleged victims.
A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 11.
The diocese said Meehan was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1978 and served the following assignments: Saints Peter & Paul, West Warwick, 1978-1980; St. Mary, Cranston, 1980-1991; St. Augustine, Providence, 1991-1996; St. John the Baptist 1996-2002, and also St. James, West Warwick 2000-2002. He was appointed pastor of St. Timothy in 2002.
The Rhode Island State Police said the investigation is ongoing and that if anyone knows of additional victims they should contact Lt. Matthew Moynihan at 401-444-1046 or Cpl. Kenneth Moriarty at 401-444-1280.
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NBC 10 I-Team: Priest arrest sends message to victims
Posted: Nov 21, 2014 6:55 PM EST Updated: Nov 21, 2014 6:56 PM EST
The allegations are graphic.
Children raped and forced to perform sex acts by Rhode Island priests.
Some told no one would believe them if they came forward.
The cases were uncovered in state police files by the NBC 10 I-Team through public records requests over a six-month period.
Despite the disturbing details, investigators say the cases are tough to prosecute.
“Witnesses have died. We can’t locate certain witnesses or victims. So it makes it very difficult, time period,” Capt. Christopher Dicomitis
Dicomitis said the statute of limitations has run out in most cases, or the accused priest is dead.
But state police say the indictment of the Rev. Barry Meehan on Friday sends a strong message that priests who can be charged, will face justice.
“Absolutely,” Dicomitis said.
The I-Team began investigating last year, uncovering dozens of letters sent to state police by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence over a 10-year period.
State police say the diocese first reported Meehan’s case to them in December 2012, which means the dates and details match some of the letters we obtained.
But because names, dates and locations are blacked out, it’s tough to confirm whether the priest on paper is the same one who was in the courtroom.
Following our investigation last year, state police said at least 15 people came forward to file new reports.
Ann Hagen Webb was one of them.
“I found them very sensitive and understanding and encouraging,” Hagen Webb said.
She says she was sexually abused by a West Warwick priest, starting at the age of 5. Although the priest is dead, she felt it was important to tell her story to detectives.
Hagen Webb said she reported the abuse to the diocese in 1994, but she said her case was never sent to state police.
The I-Team talked with other victims who also say their cases never made it to law enforcement.
Hagen Webb says it’s another reason victims should go to law enforcement directly.
“I’m encouraging more survivors to come forward and give their statement to the state police,” Hagen Webb said.
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