BARNSTABLE — A trial date has been tentatively scheduled for the Catholic priest who was charged with rape in a neighborhood case.
Mark Hession is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 5, in keeping with a pretrial listening to Monday in Barnstable Superior Courtroom. He faces two prices of rape, one cost of indecent assault and battery on a toddler beneath 14, and one cost of intimidating a witness.
Hession, a 63-year-old Fairhaven resident, on Jan. 11 pleaded not guilty to the charges. Hession served at 12 different institutions in the Cape Cod and Fall River areas, together with as parish priest from 2000 to 2014 at Our Girl of Victory church in Centerville.
At Monday’s listening to, legal professional Sharon Thibeault with the Cape and Islands District Legal professional’s Workplace stated the invention is sort of completed, and sheneeds to obtain the checklist of witnesses the defendant plans to name. She stated she anticipates the trial to final a few week — three days to pick out jury members and three days to listen to all of the proof.
Decide Mark Gildea scheduled Hession’s remaining pretrial convention for Aug. 30, and a listening to on motions for Sept. 29 main as much as the anticipated trial date.
Hession allegedly assaulted the sufferer with the “intent to commit rape and did commit rape upon such individual” on a number of events between 2005 and 2008 in Barnstable County, in keeping with the redacted indictments obtained by the Cape Cod Instances.
Hession was ordained in 1984 and, in 2009, delivered the homily at the funeral for U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in Boston. On the Cape, in addition to Our Girl of Victory, Hession served at Our Girl of the Assumption in Osterville; St. Joan of Arc church in Orleans; and St. Patrick Church in Falmouth. Off-Cape, he served at St. Patrick Parish in Wareham; Holy Title Church and Holy Rosary Chapel, each in Fall River; St. Mary’s Parish in New Bedford; Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River; St. Joseph Church in Taunton; Our Girl of Mt. Carmel in Seekonk; and Holy Household parish in East Taunton.
His service report is in keeping with the Diocese of Fall River’s list published in January of publicly or credibly accused religious leaders linked to the diocese.