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Priest Sentenced in Sexual Assault

October 9, 1998

DOVER, N.H. (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting two altar boys was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison Friday.

Roger Fortier, 52, did not react when the sentence was read or when the youngest victim asked for him to acknowledge his guilt. He could be out in 30 years if he is granted parole.

Fortier was convicted in August of 16 counts of sexual assault against two boys, 13 and 14 at the time of the assaults, who used to spend weekends at the rectory of St. Peters Church in Farmington, where Fortier served until his arrest last October. The assaults date back to 1994.

``Roger Fortier has turned my life into a living hell,″ said one victim, now 14.

Fortier, who maintained his innocence, offered no apologies and no remorse, said Judge Bruce Mohl.

``This is a person who gained the highest trust in the community, perhaps the highest trust we give anyone,″ Mohl said. ``And he used that trust to prey on the most vulnerable.″

The Catholic Diocese of Manchester suspended Fortier after his arrest.

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