Retired Priest Being Sued over Abuse Allegations

WCAX [Burlington VT]
Downloaded November 19, 2004

BURLINGTON, Vt. A former Catholic priest at Christ the King Church in Burlington is being sued on claims he sexually molested an altar boy in the 1970s.

Edward Paquette, who is now retired and living in Westfield, Massachusetts, denies the charges.

Burlington Attorney Jermone O'Neill says the abuse incidents occurred in 1977 and 1978.

Also named as a defendant in the case is the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.

The lawsuit contends the diocese knew Paquette had a history of molesting boys before it assigned him to the Burlington parish.

Court documents say church officials in Massachusetts warned Paquette about his behavior as early as 1963.


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