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N.Y. priest extradited to face Billerica rape charge
By Associated Press, 04/05/02
NEW YORK -- A Roman Catholic priest was turned over to Massachusetts authorities Friday to face charges that he raped a boy more than two decades ago.
The Rev. Romano Ferraro, 67, of the Jamaica section of Queens, did not speak during a brief appearance before Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti. Raciti approved Ferraro's transfer three days after the priest waived his right to fight extradition.
Ferraro was charged Monday with rape of a child, and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. The incidents allegedly occurred at a Billerica, Mass., residence between 1973 and 1980, when the victim was between 7 and 13 years old.
"The only thing we discussed was whether he wanted to go to Massachusetts," said Salvatore Canonico, an attorney for Ferraro.
The statute of limitations for the alleged abuse would be 10 years from the time the alleged incident was reported or 10 years since the alleged victim turned 16, both of which would have expired in this case. But prosecutors said the clock on that statute was stopped because Ferraro lived outside Massachusetts.
The complaints were initiated last fall before a sexual abuse scandal began roiling the Roman Catholic church in the United States.
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