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Boise priest charged with child porn now accused of sexual abuse from decades ago

Boise priest charged with child porn now accused of sexual abuse from decades ago

A retired Boise priest facing child porn and drug possession charges has now been accused of sexually abusing a minor, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise said in a press release Wednesday.

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 72, was arrested Feb. 2 on 14 charges involving possessing and sharing child pornography, and drug possession. After his arrest, the diocese told the Statesman it had no record of previous sexual abuse complaints about Faucher.

The alleged child sexual abuse happened more than 40 years ago, according to the diocese, and this appears to be the first public allegation that he molested a child. Church officials say they have notified the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, as well as an internal Diocesan Review Board that focuses on child abuse claims.

Scott Graf, a spokesman for the AG’s office, said they do not comment on investigations. Never miss a local story.

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SUBSCRIBE NOW The person who made the sexual abuse allegation against Faucher wishes to remain anonymous, the diocese said. Gene Fadness, a spokesman for the diocese, declined to say if the person making the accusation was a parishioner.Prosecutors […]

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