August 31, 2017

Police close investigation into sexual abuse allegations against priest; church probe continues

SCRANTON – Allegations of sexual abuse were levied against Father Martin Boylan in April 2016.  State Police say they have closed the investigation because the man who made the claim is refusing to testify.

The Diocese of Scranton, however, is continuing its probe.

A statement released by the diocese on Wednesday says, in part, “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.”

The case had been under investigation by state police and the Wayne County District Attorney’s office. 

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