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No Charges against Accused Catholic Priest

SCRANTON -- An investigation into sexual misconduct by a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton is closed after state police say the alleged victim refused to testify.

The person came forward in April of 2016 accusing Fr. Martin Boylan of abuse when the alleged victim was just a child.

Fr. Boylan was serving as pastor of St. Patrick's parish in Scranton when those accusations were made.

No charges were filed against Fr. Boylan.

The allegations were being investigated by state police and the Wayne County district attorney's office.

The Diocese of Scranton issued the following statement:

"The Diocese of Scranton learned today that the investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police into Father Martin Boylan has been closed because of a refusal on the part of the alleged victim to testify. While civil authorities have made this determination, the ecclesiastical process in Father Boylan’s case continues. Father Boylan's status as a priest removed from ministry with his faculties to exercise priestly ministry suspended continues to remain unchanged."

12 comments

    • Bob Smith

      Vatican couldn’t forgive them and keep quiet anymore. Since, they have to pay out millions and not much left for charities and churches repairs. Some went up for sale anywhere.

  • Amen

    I wish a Devil Priest would have touched my soft, innocent, tender places when I was a young lad. I could really use the money now. I’m so sick and tired of living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Huggy

    Kinda looks like that Father Ulincy of a Frackville church. He went after young boys too. The pedos in NEPA are very horny.

  • Bob Smith

    The plaintiff who failed to show up. He have to pay everything! Attorneys, and court costs. It’s tough to find proof from decades old cases. Anybody still around? The plaintiff needs to move very far away as possible.

  • Sasquatch

    With nuns committing attempted robbery and priest’s trying to touch every little kid in arms reach those flying spaghetti monster folks are looking more normal every day…….

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