Deceased Springfield Priest Named in Lawsuit
By Elysia Rodriguez
July 11, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A Springfield priest who committed suicide in 2011 has now been named in a sexual abuse lawsuit.
Reverend Paul Archambault was ordained in 2005. The lawsuit alleging he abused a child was filed in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday. However, the original lawsuit incorrectly named Jerry Archambault as the defendant.
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Attorney John Stobierski contacted 22News stating that was a clerical error and that instances of abuse happened at the home of Jerry Archambault, but Paul Archambault was the perpetrator.
Springfield Diocese Spokesman Mark Dupont told 22News that the diocese has not received a copy of the complaint. In a statement, he said, "In light of today's events, and the fact Fr. Archambault is deceased, we will withhold further comment and await the actual and correct civil action to review carefully."
22News will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they become available.