BOSTON - The convicted murderer accused of killing former priest John Geoghan in prison was hospitalized after swallowing something in his cell, a spokesman for the prison system said.
Joseph Druce swallowed an object in his cell about 11 p.m. Friday and was taken to an outside hospital for treatment. Druce's injuries were not life-threatening, but he remained in the hospital under guard Saturday night, state Department of Correction spokesman Justin Latini said.
Latini would not say what Druce swallowed, but said prisoners are allowed certain routine items in their cells, including writing materials, electronics and some food items.
Latini said a guard saw Druce swallow the object while the inmate was alone in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski maximum security facility in Shirley.
Druce allegedly beat and strangled Geoghan in the defrocked priest's cell Aug. 23.
Geoghan, 68, was serving a nine- to 10-year sentence for groping a 10-year-old boy and was accused of molesting nearly 150 boys over three decades. His case triggered the sex scandal that has rocked the nation's Roman Catholic Church.