Bishop Thomas Dupre, formerly of Springfield, Mass., has been indicted on child rape charges. He has the ignominious distinction of being the first US bishop to be criminally charged with child rape.
Dupre abruptly resigned in February, citing health problems, just one day before he was confronted with allegations of being a sex abuser by a local newspaper. As I said then, if you’re not guilty, don’t act like it: “Running out of town suddenly without telling anyone where yout. The DA that impanelled the grand jury has now announced that the statute of limitations has expired. In essence, the DA has revealed to the public that he would have tried to convict Dupre if he’d had the chance. I’m sure Bennett is exacting some sort of “frontier justice” on the bishop, a sort of “If we can’t get you in court, at least we’ll let everyone know what we think of you.”