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Former priest declines to testify; jurors weigh abuse claims

November 28, 2018

Defrocked Roman Catholic priest Ronald Paquin, whose trial for sexually assaulting two boys in Maine began on Monday, is seen in this booking photo provided by the York County Jail in Alfred, Maine, on Feb. 16, 2017. A jury was selected last week for the trial of Paquin. His trial on 31 counts of sexual abuse in York County was due to begin on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (York County Jail via AP)

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A former priest accused of sexually abusing two boys in Maine in the 1980s has chosen not to testify at his trial.

Jurors began deliberations late Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Ronald Paquin in York County Superior Court.

Two men testified they were altar boys when Paquin befriended them and invited them on trips, including visits to Kennebunkport, Maine. Both said he repeatedly assaulted them. One of them said he was drugged.

Paquin, who’s 76, pleaded not guilty to 31 counts related to the assault of two boys between 1985 and 1988.

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

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