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Prisoner Charged With Killing Defrocked Priest

September 12, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A prisoner serving a life sentence for murdering a gay man has been charged with killing the pedophile former priest at the heart of a clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, prosecutors said.

A grand jury in Worcester County indicted Joseph Druce, 38, in the Aug. 23 murder of John J. Geoghan, a 68-year-old defrocked priest who was serving a prison sentence for fondling a boy. About 150 people had accused Geoghan of abusing them.

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