Assignment Record– Rev. John C. Chaisson

Summary of Case: According to a police chief in Danvers, MA Chaisson admitted in 1974 to having sexually assaulted a child. He was allowed to stay in active ministry until his removal in 2003. In September 2015 Chaisson is listed on the archdiocesan website as "Unassigned Senior"

Ordained: 1966

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was James Richard Cushing (1944-1970), followed by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1973 St. James


MA 3/3, 4/4, 3/4 Parish had a grade school with 365-95 boys and 355-110 girls, and a high school until 1970 with 80-19 boys and 212-17 girls.
1973 1985 St. Alphonsus


A Danvers police chief stated that Chaisson admitted in 1974 to sexually assaulting a child, according to personnel files released by the archdiocese.

MA 2/2 .
1985 1994 St. James Salem
MA 2/2, 4/4, 4/5, 3/4, 2/3  
1994 2003 St. Adelaide Peabody
MA 2/3, 2/4,1/3 Chaisson was removed from ministry in Aug. 2003 due to past allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
2003 2005         Despite removal from ministry in 2003, Chaisson continues to be listed in Directory as being at St. Adelaide in Peabody, MA, with his position as 1/4 and 1/3.
2005 2006         Chiasson is not indexed in the 2006 Directory.
2006 2010 Senior Priests/Retired        
2011   Administrative Leave       In Sept. 2011 Chaisson is included in the Boston archdiocese's list of the accused with canonical proceedings not yet resolved.
  2015 Unassigned Senior        

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1967-2005).

O'Malley Places 4 Priests on Leave, By Jenna Russell, Boston Globe [Boston MA], August 24, 2003
New Files Show Paquin Victim Abused by 2 Priests, By Robin Washington, Boston Herald, January 15, 2004
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
Accused Boston Clerics, Revised November 21, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated Sept. 23, 2015.


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