Former Lewiston Priest Removed from Priesthood
June 10, 2016
The Portland Diocese announced Friday that the Vatican has dismissed former Lewiston priest Antonin R. Caron from the priesthood following a complaint of sex abuse.
According to a written statement from the diocese, Caron was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland but has been retired since 1994. Following an investigation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, "the Holy See has dismissed Caron from the clerical state for a substantiated claim of sexual abuse of a minor," according to the statement.
According to the diocese, the complaint was received from an individual in November of 2012 who reported that the sexual abuse occurred in the early 1980s.
After receiving the complaint, the Diocesan Office of Professional Responsibility conducted a full investigation and, as with every report of possible sexual abuse of a minor by a church representative, immediately notified public authorities, according to the diocese.