Ex-boarding school priest pleads guilty to abusing teen boy

BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — A former Episcopal priest who worked at an elite Rhode Island boarding school has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student during trips to Boston in 1973.

Prosecutors say Howard White Jr., who was stripped of his priesthood by the Episcopal Church, received an 18-month sentence. He was also ordered to undergo evaluation for sex offender treatment and undertake any treatment deemed necessary by clinicians.

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Prosecutors say the now 75-year-old White assaulted the boy during two overnight trips to Boston when the boy was 15 and 16, and White worked at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

White, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was freed on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty in December.

White’s attorney tells The Boston Globe that he and prosecutors “came to an agreement on a plea and sentence that we thought was fair.”

The victim’s lawyer said his client was satisfied with the outcome.

St. George’s School released the following statement Monday:

“We are aware of Howdy White’s guilty plea in a Massachusetts state court, which was entered as part of a plea deal approved by his victim. The School cooperated in the investigation and is pleased that the judicial process has achieved a just outcome. The School remains steadfast in its commitment to support the St. George’s survivor community.”

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