Geoghan was a graduate of Cardinal O'Connell Seminary, and was ordained in 1962.
He was assigned successively to Blessed Sacrament parish, Saugus; St. Bernard’s parish, Concord; St. Paul's parish, Hingham; St. Andrew's parish, Jamaica Plain; St. Brendan’s parish, Dorchester; and finally St. Julia’s parish, Weston.
With each new assignment, he was eventually moved to another parish following accusations of child molestation. He was unsuccessfully treated for his pedophilic sexual impulses by psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in private practice, as well as at St. Luke’s Institute, Maryland; the Institute of Living, Hartford; and Southdown Institute, Ontario.
He eventually took up residence at the Regina Cleri residence for retired priests.
The trial included testimony from the victim; from a psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Messner, who treated Geoghan for his sexual fantasies about children from 1994-1996; and from Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, who testified that he banned Geoghan from the swimming club after a complaint that he had been proselytizing and had had prurient conversations there.
After initially agreeing to, and pulling out of, a $30 million settlement with 86 of Geoghan's victims, the Boston archdiocese settled with them for $10 million, and is still negotiating with lawyers for other victims. The most recent settlement proposed is $65 million for 542 victims. The settlements are being made because of evidence that the archdiocese had transferred Geoghan from parish to parish despite warnings of his behavior. Evidence also arose, as a result of allegations against Geoghan, that the archdiocese displayed a pattern of shipping other priests to new parishes when allegations of sexual abuse were made.
Two other cases were charged against Geoghan in Boston's Suffolk County. One case was dropped without prejudice when the victim decided not to testify. In the second case, two rape charges were dismissed by a judge after hotly contested arguments because the statute of limitations had run out. The Commonwealth's appeal of that ruling was active at the time of Geoghan's death, and remaining charges of indecent assault in that case were still pending at that time.
A Worcester, Massachusetts jury found Druce guilty of first-degree murder on January 25, 2006, after the jury rejected his insanity defense. The next day, Druce was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a second time.
A video, which shows guards trying to open the wedged shut prison door where the murder was occurring, was released on YouTube in June 2007. Officials don't know how the video, taken from jail surveillance systems, came to be publicly released.