SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in northeastern Pennsylvania has been suspended while church and law enforcement authorities investigate a child-sex abuse allegation against him.
The Rev. Martin Boylan had been pastoring St. Patrick’s Church in Scranton when the Scranton diocese announced his suspension late Friday.
The diocese says the allegation dates to an assignment Boylan had in Wayne County years ago, when the alleged victim — who is now an adult — was just a child. Church officials didn’t immediately say where Boylan was stationed when the abuse allegedly occurred.
Contact information for the priest could not immediately be located.
Parishioners expressed shock, saying Boylan spent much of his time stocking the parish food pantry and leading a fitness club that walks around the neighborhood.
He was ordained in 1980.