Priest to Get Trial Date

By Sara Withee
Milford Daily News [Uxbridge MA]
October 7, 2004

UXBRIDGE -- A Millville priest will learn in November when he will face trial on a sexual assault charge.

The Rev. Jean-Paul Gagnon will receive a jury trial assignment date Nov. 19 in Worcester, court officials said. Gagnon, who is now on administrative leave from St. Augustine parish, was in Uxbridge District Court yesterday for a pretrial conference on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and assault and battery.

Gagnon is accused of assaulting two men from St. Augustine's parish. He allegedly sexually assaulted a male parishioner in Sutton on or about Oct. 11, 2002. A second man came forward with the assault and battery allegation in April 2004, as District Attorney John Conte's office prepared to charge Gagnon.

Gagnon has been on leave from his parish since October 2002, a month after Timothy Staney filed a civil lawsuit alleging the priest sexually abused him at Worcester's Holy Name of Jesus Parish in the 1980s. Staney was 10 to 17 at the time of the alleged abuse. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum earlier this year.


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