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Former Hudson priest cleared of abuse allegations by the archdiocese

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 19, 2007 06:18 AM

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The Rev. Thomas Curran
(Globe Archive photo)

HUDSON

The former priest of St. Michael’s Parish has been cleared of two allegations of sexual abuse that dated back more than 25 years.

The Archdiocese of Boston has announced that the claims against Rev. Thomas Curran have been found to be “unsubstantiated,” according to a press release. Curran has been removed from administrative leave and placed on permanent disability, but his ministry will be restricted to sacramentalal celebrations with members of his own family, church officials said.

Curran, who was assigned to St. Michael’s in 1996, was placed on leave in August 2002 after the first allegation was reported. The second allegation was reported in March 2004. The allegations that Curran abused a boy and introduced him to the Rev. Paul R. Shanley date back to the 1970s when Curran was assigned to St. Mary’s Parish in Cambridge.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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