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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hudson priest faces abuse allegations

HUDSON

The Rev. Steven Poitras, associate pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hudson, has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a child in 1994, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday.

The Massachusetts attorney general's office and the Essex district attorney's office have been notified of the accusation, the archdiocese said in a statement; an internal investigation has also been launched.

"The decision to place Father Poitras on administrative leave does not represent a determination of his guilt or innocence," the archdiocese said in a City & Region story today.

-- Charles Radin

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