Former St. George’s School priest pleads guilty to molesting student

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BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) — A former Episcopal priest at St. George’s School in Middletown has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault.

According to the District Attorney’s office, 75-year-old Howard White admitted to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student during two trips to Boston in 1973. White was an associate chaplain at St. George’s School in Middletown at the time. In a plea deal, he admitted to five counts of assault and battery.

The 75-year-old will serve an 18 month sentence for the crime at the Suffolk County House of Correction.

White was removed from the priesthood last fall.

The victim’s attorney, Carmen Durso, says White also molested his client on trips to West Virginia and Canada. "He was kind of a lonely kid there and Howard White was the kind of perpetrator who focuses on kids like that and sees them and befriends them," said Durso.

Durso told ABC6 News his client tried to get help, but the school headmaster did not believe him initially.

The school eventually fired White, but never contacted police, according to Durso.

White later moved to North Carolina and practiced there until 2006. Two people there are also accusing him of abuse, according to Durso. "That abuse occurred because nobody at St. George’s did what they should have done to make sure everybody knew that Howard White was a sex abuser," he said.

White’s attorney, David Duncan, calls the 18 month sentence a "fair outcome."

Saint George’s School sent ABC6 News a statement:

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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