Portland Press Herald
November 27, 2018
By Megan Gray
Keith Townsend described his memory of the bottle in Ronald Paquin’s hand: Tanqueray gin.
He described how Paquin made him a drink and then got upset when the liquor made him throw up on the carpet in the trailer at a Kennebunkport campground.
And he described the way Paquin touched him that night and the pain he felt the next morning that later led him to believe he had been sexually assaulted.
Townsend shared those details and others with a jury Tuesday when he testified against the former Boston priest, who is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing him and another boy on trips to Maine in the 1980s. Townsend was 13 years old on that night he recounted from the witness stand.
“I can still taste that drink today,” said Townsend, now 44.
Paquin, 76, was one of the priests exposed in the early 2000s by a sweeping Boston Globe investigation into clergy sex abuse. He is now facing criminal charges in York County, and his trial this week likely is the first in Maine for a priest embroiled in the Catholic Church’s ongoing sexual abuse scandal.
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