List of Accusers from Camp Fatima Continues to Grow. Friends Honor Memory of Priest
By Kathryn MarchockiUnion Leader (Manchester NH)May 30, 2002Two more men claim they were molested at Camp Fatima by a religious brother in the 1970s,bringing to six the number of former campers who say they were assaulted at the Lakes Regionsummer camp, their attorney said yesterday.In addition, two other men have come forward alleging the late Rev. Karl E. Dowd sexuallyassaulted them in the early 1960s while he served at St. Catherine Church in Manchester, attorneyPeter E. Hutchins said.The four men have joined the class action suit Hutchins filed against the Catholic Diocese of Manchester. The civil suit, which so far represents nearly 50 alleged sexual assault victims of diocesan employees, has yet to be certified by the court, the Manchester attorney said.Two brothers from New York claim they were molested at Camp Fatima in 1972 by Brother GuyBeaulieu, who was a staff member at the Catholic boys summer camp during the 1970s, Hutchinssaid.The brothers, who were 8 and 6 years old at the time, spent the summer at the camp, Hutchinssaid. The Manchester diocese operates the camp, located in Barnstead and Gilmanton Iron Works.They claim Beaulieu twice invited them to his private cabin to take a nap, then climbed into bed withthem and fondled them, he added.One brother is now a 36-year-old firefighter in the Northeast, Hutchins said. The other is 38 andlives in the Manchester area. Their names are not being made public.Beaulieu, who also was a math teacher at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, has beenaccused of sexually assaulting three other men at Camp Fatima in the 1970s, said Hutchins, whorepresents all four alleged victims.The third man, Kevin Dandley, 42, of Hudson, filed civil suit earlier this month alleging Beaulieu firstmolested him in 1973 at Camp Fatima and continued abusing him when he began his freshmanyear at Bishop Guertin that fall.Beaulieu, a member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, had no comment yesterday whencontacted at the religious order's provincial house in Pascoag, R.I."I'm sorry, but I won't be speaking to you," Beaulieu said before hanging up the telephone.In an unrelated development, a pair of Manchester brothers said they were molested by Dowd inthe early 1960s when the priest was stationed at St. Catherine parish, Hutchins said.The brothers, both former altar boys now in their 50s, claim Dowd molested them more than adozen times in his car, the church and rectory, Hutchins said."Father Dowd became very friendly with the family and would be over their house quite a bit," heexplained.Dowd allegedly groped and fondled the brothers over their clothes, he added. The alleged abusestopped when Dowd left the parish, he said.Dowd was ordained in 1960 and served at St. Catherine parish until he was transferred to Holy
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