Ex-boarding school priest charged with abusing boy in 1973

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Posted: Dec 13, 2016 12:25 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A former Episcopal priest who worked at several elite boarding schools pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 1973 in Boston.

Howard "Howdy" White appeared in Suffolk Superior Court after being indicted on five counts of assault and battery. White, 75, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was freed on personal recognizance.

Prosecutors said White assaulted the boy during two overnight trips to Boston when he worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

The district attorney's office said the statute of limitations does not bar White's prosecution because he was never a resident of Massachusetts.

An investigator's report about widespread abuse at St. George's, released in September, found multiple allegations against White at the school, where he was an associate chaplain for four years before being fired in 1974 for inappropriate sexual contact with male students.

The report also found allegations that White sexually abused children in places including New Hampshire, where he worked at St. Paul's School before being hired by St. George's, and in West Virginia and Waynesville, North Carolina, where he worked for churches.

White also worked at Chatham Hall in Virginia and Asheville Country Day School, which later became Carolina Day School, in North Carolina.

White was removed from the priesthood in October by his home diocese in Pennsylvania.