Former Mass. Priest Released From Prison

A former Jesuit priest and teacher at Boston College High School was released from prison in late March after serving time for a 2005 conviction on sexual abuse charges, according to the state correction department.

James Talbot, now 73, left the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater after completing his sentence, according to Diane Wiffin, a spokeswoman from the Department of Correction.

Suffolk County prosecutors tried Talbot in 2002 on sexual abuse charges. In 2005, he was sentenced after pleading guilty to raping and sexually assaulting two of his students between 1977 and 1979 and was sentenced to five to seven years.

Prosecutors said Talbot, who coached the school’s wrestling team, encouraged male students on the team to wrestle with him in the locker room wearing little or no clothing. He would then molest or rape his victim, charges said.

The Society of Jesus of New England is in the process of removing Talbot from the clergy.

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