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Friday, October 20, 2006

No action on convicted priest's bid to avoid counseling

BELLINGHAM

A Worcester judge postponed action today on an 82-year-old retired priestís request that he not be required to undergo sex offender counseling as a condition of his probation on sexual assault charges.

Dennis J. Kelly, a lawyer representing Rev. Paul M. Desilets, told Judge Jeffrey A. Locke during a hearing in Worcester Superior Court that his client is too old and sick to take part in a sex offender treatment program after his release from prison Monday, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports.

Rev. Desilets was sentenced to one year to one and a half years in state prison on May 11, 2005, after pleading guilty to charges of sexually assaulting 18 male victims from 1978 to 1984 in Bellingham.

-- Telegram & Gazette

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