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Former Grace Church Rector Accused of Sexual Abuse

Robert M. Durkee was dismissed from the priesthood, according to a Boston Globe report.

The former rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford has been removed from priesthood and is under investigation by Medford Police on allegations of sexual assault, according to a report in Tuesday's Boston Globe.

Robert M. Durkee, 85, was removed from the preisthood last week after a woman accused him of sexually abusing her in 1980 while she was in college, the Globe report said. Two more women came forward after his dismissal who alleged Durkee abused them during counseling sessions in 1983, the report said.

Durkee served as the state's military chaplain and the division chaplain for the 26th Yankee Infantry Division during his time at Grace Church, according to a Military Chaplains Association publication from 1996.

Durkee was born in Belmont and enlisted in in the U.S. Navy in 1944, the Military Chaplains publication said. He graduated from Tufts University in 1950 and served in the Air Force before joining Grace Church in 1964, the publication said.

After leaving Grace Church in 1989, he served as chaplain for several military organizations, according to the publication, which also listed more than a dozen of Durkee's military awards and decorations.

Read more in the Boston Globe: Former Medford Episcopal rector accused of sexual abuse in 1980s.

Kerry Spiller April 03, 2012 at 05:07 PM
These alleged alligations are fictitious. It is absolutely outrages that the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, MA received written notice about an accusation against Father Durkee before he was even notified about it! The initial letter and the one that followed were both written from the perspective that the accusations were much more than that. They were written implying guilt even though no one had bothered to ask Father Durkee about the alligations. I thought the U.S.A. was a free country. I thought that we were guarenteed the right to prove ourselves innocent. It is sad that an innocent man's life's work has been destroyed by slander and gossip.
Linda April 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
and who made you judge & jury. He's a perv
Danny Haszard April 07, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Not to diminish the high crimes of the RCC but Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property. Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles. Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state). It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles. The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already. -- *tell the truth don't be afraid* Danny Haszard
Sam June 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Betcha dotti Sandusky thought charges against her husband were outrageous too. Stop idolizing priests. They are still human and sinners too.

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