Ex-priest, Cheverus teacher goes to prison for sexually assaulting Freeport boy

Portland Press Herald

September 25, 2018

By Megan Doyle

The 30-year-old man who was abused decades ago by James Talbot faced the former priest in court and recalled the ‘pure terror’ of going to church.

James Talbot, a former Roman Catholic priest and longtime teacher at Cheverus High School in Portland, pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he sexually assaulted a boy in Freeport in the 1990s.

Talbot, 80, was ordered to serve three years in prison. The full sentence on a charge of gross sexual assault was for 10 years, with all but three years suspended. He also received a concurrent sentence of three years for unlawful sexual contact.

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