Late Everett priest accused of sexually abusing student at least 100 times in 1970s

Boston Herald/March 15, 2022

By Marie Szanszlo

A Boston Archdiocese priest has been accused of sexually abusing a student at least 100 times in the late 1970s at a Catholic school in Everett, according to the alleged victim’s lawyer.

The late Rev. Michael J. Regan allegedly abused the girl from approximately 1977 to 1980, when the victim was about 14 to 17 years old and the priest was a teacher at Pope John XXIII High School, Mitchell Garabedian said Tuesday.

“By reporting the abuse, the courageous clergy sexual abuse victim is sending a message that clergy sexual abuse is immoral, despicable and unacceptable,” Garabedian said in a stament.

Regan allegedly threatened to keep the sexual abuse victim from graduating if she did not comply with his sexual demands, said Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims worldewide.

The matter was settled in the high five figures by the Archdiocese of Boston late last year, he said.

Garabedian will hold an 11:30 a.m. press conference Tuesday with more details.

The Boston Archdiocese could not immediately be reached for comment.

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