A former priest in the Fall River Diocese has been indicted on multiple charges.
According to the Cape Cod Times, Father Mark Hession was indicted in Barnstable Superior Court Friday on two counts of rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child less than 14 and one count of intimidation of a witness.
In March of 2019, parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Seekonk, and priests of the Fall River Diocese, were informed that Father Hession was placed on leave from active priestly ministry because of conduct inconsistent with standards of ministerial behavior and in direct violation of the Code of Conduct for priests in the Fall River Diocese. Father Hession was formerly assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church until August 2018, when he was reassigned to duties in the Diocesan Tribunal.
Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., made the decision at the time to place Father Hession on leave based on complaints he received about inappropriate communications that Father Hession had sent to several adult parishioners.