Retired Episcopal Priest Charged With Sexual Abuse

BALTIMORE (AP) — Episcopal Church and Montana officials say a retired priest is facing child sexual abuse charges and is awaiting extradition to Maryland. 

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland issued a statement Wednesday saying the Rev. Donald Belcher, who now lives in Yaak, Mont., had been indicted by a Maryland grand jury on child sexual abuse charges. 

Crystal Byington, deputy court clerk in Lincoln County, Mont., said Belcher appeared in court Dec. 29 on a Maryland extradition warrant for a sexual assault charge. 

The diocese said Belcher, 82, was vicar of the Church of the Holy Cross in Street from 2001 to 2007. The diocese says steps are being taken to prohibit Belcher from priestly functions and an investigation has begun. 

It could not be determined if Belcher has a lawyer. 

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  • Doug

    That’s why he became a priest , in the first place.
    So he could get his jolly’s off with young kids.

  • Cheryl Morrison

    Absolutely devastating. Hope he suffers and rots in jail until he dies!

  • Cheryl Morrison

    This was taken from the Church of The Holy Cross, Street in MD website under the section “What Is Expected of Our Vicar”…
    “We feel a strong and comprehensive Christian Education program is a necessity, and it is extremely important for the Vicar to reach out to the children and youth of our parish.” I think that the church should also be held accountable for who they put into position to educate our children. He should have never been alone with children. I wonder how many innocent children have been violated by him between just under their watch the years 2001 and 2007? Sexual abuse never truly heals or goes away….you live with the memories all the rest of your life.

  • Alana Rose

    i am a victim of father don and what he did to me no one should ever have to endure i hope he rots in hell anyone who wants any info i have concerning this matter may gladly email me at

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