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Defrocked priest convicted of abusing another boy

November 29, 2018

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an altar boy in Massachusetts has been convicted of abusing another boy in Maine in the 1980s.

A jury convicted 76-year-old Ronald Paquin Thursday on 11 of 24 counts against him.

Two men testified Paquin befriended them as boys and invited them on trips, including visits to Kennebunkport, Maine.

Both said he repeatedly assaulted them, but the jury returned guilty verdicts on counts involving only one of the victims.

Paquin was a key figure in the clergy abuse scandal that started in the Boston Archdiocese and rocked the church globally.

He spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for sexually assaulting a boy. He was released in 2015, and was taken into custody in Maine last year.

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This story has been corrected to show that Paquin was part of the Boston Archdiocese, not the Boston Diocese.

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