Bay Area priest faces charges

The Associated Press
Monday October 07, 2002

NOVATO – A priest who was on leave from the seminary where he has taught since 1997 was arrested for allegedly molesting a boy Marin County in 1984. 

The Rev. Milton T. Walsh was booked on two counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 Thursday and was released on $100,000 bail. 

Walsh, 50, was placed on leave in August from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. 

He is accused of repeatedly fondling a 13-year-old boy in Novato. The boy told his parents who reported Walsh, who was an assistant pastor at Novato’s Our Lady of Loretto, to Archbishop John Quinn. 

Walsh was the pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco from 1989 to 1997, and was once chairman of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.