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Andover Pastor Placed on Leave Amid Sex Abuse Allegations From 90s

The Archdiocese of Boston said Rev. Peter Gori, a pastor at St. Augustine's in Andover, previously served in the Tribunal of the Archdiocese

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    Priest Placed on Leave Amid Sexual Abuse Allegation

    A Massachusetts priest has been placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Boston as a result of an allegation of sexual abuse of a young boy from nearly three decades ago.

    (Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019)

    A priest has been placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Boston as a result of an allegation of sexual abuse of a young boy from nearly three decades ago.

    The Archdiocese made the announcement Tuesday regarding Rev. Peter Gori, a pastor at St. Augustine's in Andover, Massachusetts. Officials said Gori previously served in the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston as a canon lawyer.

    Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents the alleged victim, said his client was 10 years old when he was allegedly abused by Gori in 1990. He also alleges abuse by another priest from 1987 to 1990.

    "By coming forward my client is trying to heal, empower other victims and make the world a safer place for children," said Garabedian.

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    The Archdiocese said they have informed law enforcement of the alleged sexual abuse and informed Gori's religious provincial, the Augustinian Order of St. Thomas of Villanova.

    "The Archdiocese of Boston is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children and young people in our parishes and institutions. Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse and by allegations of abuse by members of the clergy," read a statement from the Archdiocese.

    The Archdiocese said any person who is in need of support should call their Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach at 617-746-5985.

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