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Former Catholic priest indicted on child-molestation charges

According to a story in the Providence Journal, a grand jury has returned an 11-count indictment against former priest James Silva alleging he sexually assaulted a boy younger than 14 between 1989 and 1990 while an administrator in the Office of Ministerial Formation within the Diocese of Providence. Silva, now 81, faces two counts of first-degree child molestation and nine counts of second-degree child molestation. Silva was included in a list of credibly accused priests released by the diocese in 2019.

For decades, starting in the 1960s, diocese officials transferred him around to a dozen different parishes around the state. Victims of clergy abuse and their lawyers have pointed to his career as an example of how diocese dereliction allowed a known pedophile to move from parish to parish preying on children.

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