Police: Woman Removed From Holy Name School Had GPS Ankle Bracelet, Spoke of Stalking Incident

The following article is based on a Boston Police report.


A Boston Police report about a woman wearing a GPS ankle monitoring bracelet removed from the Holy Name School provided more details about an incident that prompted the school's principal to send out a letter to parents.

On Jan. 10, around 1:52 p.m., a school day, Boston Police responded to a 911 call indicating a "female entered into the school building and was now wandering around" according to a Boston Police report.

Police were able to locate the woman, Kathleen Kearney, 45, of Canton, Mass., who appeared confused, according to police. Kearney was wearing a GPS ankle monitoring bracelet for stalking former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein at his Illinois home - but the GPS device was not seen by anyone at Holy Name at first. Kearney could not communicate clearly her reasons for being at the school, according to a Boston Police report.

A call to the Archdiocese of Boston was not returned to Patch. 

Kearney also had small cuts on both hands and could not explain how she had gotten the cuts. Officers requested Boston EMS on the scene to evaluate Kearney.

Officers spoke with the school's secretary, who had called the police. The secretary explained Kearney had been at the school the prior week to fill out an application for a volunteer librarian position. School Principal Lynne Workman's letter to parents said Kearney "unexpectedly" came to the school, and then left her assigned area. From the police report, the secretary told police that a church member at the Holy Name Rectory called the school to say Kearney had been there and left her belongings - a coat, backpack, plastic bag and purse - and the rectory, and was headed to the school.

Kearney allegedly came into the school asking about the prospect of staying at the convent. The secretary told police she brought Kearney into the teacher's room to sit while she requested further help in the matter, according to a Boston Police report. The secretary called 911 after seeing that Kearney had left the teacher's room and was wandering the school.

Officers took Kearney to the nurse's office while awaiting Boston EMS, which is when the GPS ankle bracelet was noticed. Kearney allegedly gave a "vague explanation to a stalking incident out of Chicago, Illinois" according to a Boston Police report. A CJIS check revealed Kearney had not Massachusetts criminal record, but confirmed an existing charge of stalking out of Cook County, Illinois. Attempts to confirm an out of state warrant were made to no avail. 

Kearney was transported to Faulkner Hospital for further evaluation.

Joseph February 04, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Interesting how she had no record in MA...Does anyone know if CORI checks are national or only local? I understand that she applied at the school for a volunteer position. She could have been hired if CORI checks were only local.
john donovan February 10, 2013 at 07:42 PM
CORI Bop board of probation checks only looks at Massachusetts records , III triple I checks look at nationally connected FBI databases


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