Summary of Case: Fr. Jim Michaud was ordained for the Portland, Maine diocese in 1977. He ministered as an assistant in Lewiston, Augusta and Biddeford parishes until 1986, when he assumed the role of pastor at St. Ann’s Indian Island Church in Old Town. Michaud was pastor of St. Joseph’s in Ellsworth when he was removed in April 2002, due to the surfacing of an allegation that he sexually abused a teen boy in the 1970s, beginning when Michaud was a seminarian. In 2007 the bishop stated that the diocese had no proof that Michaud had abused a minor, but that the priest should stay out of public ministry because of “other misconduct”. He continues to be indexed in the Official Catholic Directory through at least 2012 as “Special or Other Diocesan Assignment”.
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