Mass. abuse suspect admits molesting Pa. student

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man jailed on charges that he abused boys at a Massachusetts summer camp has acknowledged molesting a boy while teaching at an Episcopal school in Philadelphia in the 1970s.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that information is contained in a search warrant that Massachusetts authorities obtained while investigating 65-year-old Richard Perkins Smith, of Media. Smith is charged with molesting four boys at Camp Good News in Sandwich, Mass. back in 1981.

As part of that investigation, Smith allegedly told police that he molested a fourth-grader at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square back in 1977.

Academy spokesman Bill Doherty confirms Smith worked at the school from 1970 to 1990, but says he wasn’t aware of Smith’s alleged admission. Doherty has said, however, that the school is investigating Smith’s tenure because of his Massachusetts arrest.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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