Donegal priest due before Derry court on indecent assault charges

A County Donegal priest is to appear before Derry Magistrates Court tomorrow on a number of indecent assault charges.

Fr Eugene Boland, whose address is listed as the Parochial House, Killyclogher County Tyrone faces four charges of indecent assault on a female.

On WednesdayFr Boland, originally Moville, appears in Court on what is called a preliminary enquiry, it is expected that he will then be sent forward for trial.

He faces four charges of assault on a female on unknown dates between the 28th June 1990 and the 30th of June 1992.

Parish priest Father Eugene Boland is on "administrative leave" from his current parish in Killyclogher.

In August of 2010 the former Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty issued a statement on the matter. In it he stated that a priest of the diocese has requested and been granted administrative leave while an issue of safeguarding is being processed.

Dr Hegarty said Father Boland has and continues to co-operate fully with the civil authorities, as has the diocese.

He added that while this process is ongoing the priest is entitled to the benefit of a presumption of innocence.