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Investigating Abuse Allegations Against Priest

HONESDALE — The Diocese of Scranton suspended Fr. Martin Boylan after learning of alleged abuse on Friday. Fr. Martin Boylan spent time at St. John the Ev...
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HONESDALE -- The Diocese of Scranton suspended Fr. Martin Boylan after learning of alleged abuse on Friday.

Fr. Martin Boylan spent time at St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale and eventually ended up at St. Patrick parish in Scranton where he's been suspended.

It's unclear where in Wayne County Fr. Boylan is accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, but investigators have indicated the statute of limitations has not run out.

It's been several years since Fr. Boylan served at St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale.

When he left for another parish in Bradford County back in 2009, Fr. Boylan told the Wayne Independent newspaper: "I've been very blessed here. I think we've done a lot of good, thanks to the goodness of the people, of course."

Now the Catholic faithful and community are reeling from the child sex abuse allegations made against Boylan by an adult, who was a minor when the alleged abuse took place.

Fr. Boylan was in Honesdale for eight years until 2009, also serving the former St. Joseph's parish in White Mills.

Before that, he was in Gouldsboro at St. Rita's from 1994 to 2001. Because the alleged misconduct took place in Wayne County, the Diocese of Scranton notified the Wayne County District Attorney's office over the weekend, and now state police are handling the investigation.

The district attorney tells Newswatch 16 that, based on the allegation, the statute of limitations doesn't run out until the alleged victim is 50 years old.