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The Freeport Police Department issued a statement Wednesday saying it sought the indictment after receiving a report about abuse and conducting an investigation.
The department also confirmed that the victim in the criminal case was a resident and member at St.
It also serves as a reminder that the damage caused by a widespread culture of sexual abuse by Catholic priests – exposed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting in the Boston Globe more than a decade ago – is still coming to light.
The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office did not return several calls for comment.
Jude Church in Freeport when he allegedly was molested by Talbot between May 1997 and June 1998.
There have been numerous allegations of child sexual abuse against Talbot, both from when he was at Cheverus and at Boston College High School in the 1970s, involving multiple victims.
“The USA Northeast Province has, and will continue to strive to extend a healing presence to all victims of sexual abuse, while working toward eradicating sexual abuse from the church and the wider society.
The lawsuit named as defendants Talbot, the Roman Catholic bishop of Portland, Cheverus High School and the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.
The victim alleged that the institutions that were responsible for Talbot knew about his “propensity to sexually abuse boys” but did not adequately protect children who came into contact with him.
The victim’s attorney in the civil case, Mark Randall, did not return calls for comment Wednesday.
JESUITS AWARE OF NEW TALBOT CHARGES Melissa Hewey, an attorney representing Cheverus, said she had no comment on the criminal charges involving Talbot because the alleged acts in this case did not involve a Cheverus student, nor did they occur on school grounds.