- The Washington Times - Monday, January 14, 2002

BOSTON (AP) A former Roman Catholic priest who has been accused of molesting more than 130 persons is scheduled to go on trial today in one of those cases that of an 11-year-old boy.
John Geoghan, 66, is charged with committing indecent assault and battery on a person younger than 14 when he was a priest at St. Julia's Parish in Weston. Prosecutors said Mr. Geoghan put his hands down the boy's swimming trunks in 1991.
Mr. Geoghan, whom the church defrocked in 1998, faces 84 civil suits. More than 130 persons claimed he fondled or raped them during the three decades he served in Boston-area parishes.
"There's a huge amount of victims affected by this monster," said Mark Keane, who claimed he was abused by Mr. Geoghan at the same Waltham Boys and Girls Club where state authorities said the 11-year-old boy was molested.
"I couldn't be happier to see him be charged criminally," said Mr. Keane, 32.
Mr. Geoghan's attorney, Geoffrey Packard, declined comment.
Jury selection begins today, and prosecutors expect the trial to take less than a week.

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