REGION — The case filed against a Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct with a child has been closed, according to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).
No charges were filed against Rev. Martin M. Boylan, who was accused in April 2016 year by the alleged victim.
The abuse allegedly occurred while the victim was a child.
Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement:
“The Pennsylvania State Police and the Wayne County District Attorney have worked very closely from the onset of this investigation to uncover all facts and circumstances relevant.
The statement continues by saying, “Steps were taken to contact potential victims and witnesses going back several years.
“We have received full co-operation from the Diocese of Scranton.
“The determination to close the case at this time was based on investigative difficulties and statute of limitations.
“If new information becomes available, the case will be reopened.”
A statement issued by the Diocese of Scranton states:
“The Diocese of Scranton learned ... that the investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police into Father Martin Boylan has been closed because of a refusal on the part of the alleged victim to testify.
“While civil authorities have made this determination, the ecclesiastical process in Father Boylan’s case continues.
“Father Boylan's status as a priest removed from ministry with his faculties to exercise priestly ministry suspended continues to remain unchanged.”
Boylan served the Diocese throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.
His Wayne County assignments were as administrator and pastor at St. Rita Parish in Gouldsboro, and pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale and at St. Joseph Parish in White Mills.