Assignment Record– Rev. Clarence R. Boucher
Summary of Case: A woman gave public testimony in February 2007 that Boucher touched her inappropriately when she was 13 years-old in the 1950s. The incident is said to have occurred during a movie in the parish hall of St. John the Baptiste in Lynn MA, when Boucher slid into a seat next to the girl. Boucher's inappropriate touching of girls was said to have been well-known at the parish. He died in 2001.
Died: October 18, 2001
Boston archbishop was William Henry O'Connell (1907-1944), replaced by Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
||Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
||St. Alphonse (French)
||St. John the Baptiste (French)
• A woman spoke publicly in 2007 of having been touched inappropriately by Boucher in the 1950s at this parish when she was 13 years-old. She said the incident occurred when Boucher slid into a seat next to her during a movie in the parish hall. She said a friend later told her, "It happened to all of us." The woman's sister said Boucher wore a large winter cape and "always had girls under [it]." She said her mother warned her not to "be one of those girls under that cape."
||3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 2/4
||Parish had an elementary school with 183-254 boys and 164-215 girls, and a high school with 102-54 boys and 118-57 girls.
||St. Mary's (French)
Parish had a school with 171-181 boys and 170-184 girls.
||Parish had a school with 106-109 boys and 112=98 girls.
Cushing was replaced as archbishop by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
||Presentation of Mary Academy
School had 198-183 students, all girls.
In the 1970 Directory Boucher is indexed as at this assigment, but is not listed there in the Boston diocesan pages.
||St. Jean Baptiste (French)
||Parish had a school with 267-124 students.
Medeiros was replaced by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
Boucher died October 18, 2001.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York:
Kenedy & Sons, 1941-2002).
• Victim Speaks about Healing, By Jessica M. Smith, Roslindale - West Roxbury Transcript, February 28, 2007
• Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
• North Shore Priests on List, Salem News, August 26, 2011
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This assignment record was last updated September 1, 2015.