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Fr. John L. Audibert

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused in 1993 of abuse of a minor 1974-76. Received treatment. Case evaluated by review board. Returned to active ministry. He told his parishioners about the claims. Removed from active ministry without privileges in 2002. Permanently removed from ministry by Vatican in 3/06 and ordered to lead a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. George Beaudet

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Name released by the diocese in 1/07. Had been placed on leave in 2000 after allegation of abuse dating back to 1979. Additional complaints were received in 2002. Laicization announced in 5/08.

Fr. William B. Cahill

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused of abuse of at least three boys, who were students at Cheverus High School between 1950 and 1960, per documents released by Maine AG in 2005. Died 2/5/86. Included on the Northeast Province Jesuits list of credibly accused 1/15/19. It notes incidents reported in 2002 of abuse 1955-56. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list 6/10/19.

Fr. Antonin R. Caron

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Found not guilty by jury in 3/94 of gross sexual assault and other charges involving a 13-year-old girl. Said to have assaulted girl with a pencil and his hands 5/9/92 in the sacristy of St. James in Baileyville. Caron's defense was that he would not have assaulted the girl because he was gay. Caron retired "on disability" before the charges were filed. Name in the news 2002-03 because he posted on a gay web site created by another priest, Fr. John Harris. Privileges temporarily revoked but later reinstated. Investigation of new complaint in 2/12 of incidents 1982-86. Diocese deemed claims "substantiated." New claims under investigation by Archdiocese in 8/14. One man says Caron sexually abused him as a boy for 3 years, taking him on trips after his mother died. Laicization announced 6/10/16.

Fr. Frederick A. Carrigan

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Removed from ministry in 1989 for inappropriate behavior with an adult. First accused if abuse of a minor in 1991 after allegation dating back to 1972. Removed from all ministry in 2002. Bishop recommended laicization. After a church trial in fall, 2008, Vatican announced in 5/09 that Carrigan should live a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Ralph Corbeil

Ordained: 1935
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused in 2002 of abuse of a 15-year-old girl in 1948. Also accused of abusing an altar boy 1952-56, per documents released by Maine AG's office in 5/05. There were several complaints in the early 1950s and Corbeil was transferred. Abuse of the altar boy was allegedly at St. Mary's in Lewiston. Corbeil was said to have given the boy money after each incident. Corbeil retired 8/1/69 and died 1/20/73.

Fr. Paul E. Coughlin

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Law enforcement informed the diocese in 2002 that Coughlin had been accused of "inappropriate physical contact" (but not abuse) with a minor in 1985. The diocese deemed that allegation unsubstantiated. Removed in 2004 after diocese learned that Coughlin had allowed a man accused of molesting a teenage boy to live in his rectory. Was to be returned to limited duties in 2/08 but too much public outcry.

Br. Marcel Crete

Order: FIC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Pleaded guilty in 12/89 to five counts of gross sexual misconduct against a 12-year-old boy in 1983. Two other charges were beyond the statute of limitations. Per 2/04 Maine Attorney General's Report, Crete was sentenced to 8 years with all but two and a half years suspended and a period of probation. Served 7 months of his sentence and was released in 7/90. Last known to still be living with the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Alfred, Maine. Registered sex offender.

Fr. John J. Curran

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Ordained: 1927
Status: Accused

Died: 01/18/1976
Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Curran retired in 1972 and died in 1976. In 1994 a man testified before a legislative hearing that he had been molested by Curran in the 1950s. The diocese forwarded the information to police in 5/02. Another man had notified the police in 3/02 that he had also been molested in the late 1950s. Another man complained in 2007 of abuse as a boy in 1962. The bishop noted in 7/08 that if Curran were alive, the diocese would remove him from ministry pending investigation. Personnel file released in 1/14.

Fr. Herman Delaney

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused by a woman of raping her shortly before she graduated from high school in 1967 at age 18. Another man was accused too. Abuse not recalled until 1983. Complainant also recovered under hypnosis memories of being abused by her father, father's friends, and her mother, and of being raped by her doctors. Complainant believed she had performed exorcisms. AG's file notes that her allegation "was not deemed credible," possibly referring only to the allegation against the second man. Died 1987.

Fr. Joseph C. Dooley

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

In 2002 a woman alleged that Dooley abused her when she was ages 3-11 during 1956-64. He was assigned at the time to St. Dominic's in Portland. Another woman made allegations of abuse in 2000; her age at time of abuse was unknown. Dooley was assigned to Cheverus High School 1954-58. He died 7/83. Included on the Jesuits Northeast Province list of credibly accused 1/15/19. It notes allegation(s) recieved in 2000 of abuse in 1965. Assigned 1958-80 to Boston College High School in Boston.

Fr. Michael L. Doucette

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused of abusing a boy over several years in the early 1980s. He was removed from his parish in 2002. Doucette's accuser said he told Bishop Gerry in 1991 about the abuse. Doucette admitted to "several physical encounters" with a 15-year-old parishioner. Out-of-court settlement in 1992. Several known victims. Vatican's approval of archdiocese's decision to permanently remove him from active priesthood announced in 8/09. Victim sued for payment of counseling bill. Denied by judge in 12/19.

Br. Paul L. Gauvin

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Order: SC
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

In 12/12 the diocese announced a substantiated claim against Gauvin of abuse of a minor, age 11-12, in the early 1970s. Assigned at the time of the alleged abuse as director of religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas in Madawaska. Gauvin apparently left Maine in 1994 when the order left. He was working as director of liturgy at Sacred Heart parish in Bloomfield CT in 2012 when placed under supervision without contact with minors.

Fr. Antonio M. Girardin

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Ordained: 1937
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Documents produced with the 2005 Maine AG report show at least four allegations of abuse against Girardin. One woman complained that he abused her in 1943 when she was in 5th grade. The other three complaints were by men who said they were abused as children in the 1960s. Girardin died in 1974.

Fr. Peter Paul Gorham

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused in 1995 of abuse dating back to 1953. Retired in 1996 and has had no duties after that time. Diocese announced in 1/07 that the Vatican had permanently removed him from ministry and ordered him to lead a life of prayer and penance. Died 9/14/09.

Fr. Renald C. Hallee

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

A woman filed suit in 3/10 against Hallee and the diocese alleging that he abused her in the early 1970s when she was a minor and he was at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor. Court granted summary judgment in favor of the diocese and Hallee on SOL. Plaintiff settled with the diocese but appealed the decision regarding Hallee. Decision reversed in 1/12. Hallee left the priesthood in 1977 Laicized 5/4/09. Later a church volunteer in MA, he was allowed to chaperone teens on a church trip in 2010 even after telling his priest about the suit. The woman's suit against Hallee was dismissed by ME Supreme Court on SOL, even though he left the state in 1977. Court said she had not tried hard enough to locate him and serve him with a lawsuit.

Fr. John E. Harris


Fr. Ernest Justin Hill

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Order: ST
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Suspended by his order in 1994 for refusing to undergo psychological testing. Accused in 1999 of sexual abuse in Maine in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Hill became an S.T. brother in 1944 and an S.T. priest in 1951. On the Jackson diocese's list 3/19/19. It notes report in 1994 of abuse in Indiana in 1992. Died in 2003.

Fr. Francis J. Kane

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused in a 1994 civil suit of abuse of a youth in 1982 at St. Bartholomew's in Cape Elizabeth. Kane had been placed on limited ministry in 1987. Claim settled in 1995. Retired in 1997 from duties as hospital chaplain. In 1/07 it was announced that the Vatican had ordered Kane to lead a life of prayer and penance. Died 11/13/10.

Fr. Laurent Laplante

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Removed from assignment in 12/05 after a teenage girl said he touched her pants on her knee and inner thigh six years previously when she was age 9. He was returned to his parish assignment in 2/06 after the diocese said it was unable to find enough evidence to prove the event had occurred.

Fr. Raymond J. Lauzon

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused of performing oral sex on a boy and of trying to get the boy to recant statement to police. Sentenced in 1985 to 6 months jail and 1 year probation for abuse of two youths. Diocese published a written apology in 4/98. Several suits filed in the 1990s. Maine AG report shows 18 plaintiffs. Living in 2002 at Monastery in Lithuania and was often seen with children. Died in 9/05. A man sued the diocese in 2016, claiming abuse as a boy in the late 1970s to 1981 by Lauzon and Rev. Christian Roy.

Fr. Thomas M. Lee

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Removed in 5/02 when a woman said he abused her son. Youth "would not testify" and diocese returned Lee to ministry, saying charges were unsubstantiated. Removed again in 9/03 when two other victims came forward. The first victim denied refusing to testify. Lee retired in 2004. Church tribunal ruled in 8/08 that the accusations were not proven, but that Lee's actions were imprudent. The bishop appealed to the Vatican in 12/08. As of 1/09 there were 14 accusers. Diocese said 2/19/11 that the church appeals court affirmed the tribunal ruling but that Lee would not be reassigned.

Br. Shawn McEnany

Order: SC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Pleaded guilty in 1988 to unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student at a Lewiston ME High School. Received two one-year suspended sentences and one year probation. Hired in 1990 to work at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. Order thought it was ok since it was a boys school and he abused a girl. Placed on leave in 1997; charged with violating a state law that bars sex offenders from working with children and for failing to register as a sex offender. Charges dropped in 1999. Moved to RI, became a social worker. Died in 2017. Named in Maine AG Report. Accused in a 5/18 lawsuit of sexually assaulting a girl at Bishop Guertin HS in NH in 1995. Hearing set for 9/21/20.

Fr. Joseph R. McGowan

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Ordained: 1920
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

In 3/02 a 78-year-old man reported that he was abused by McGowan at ages 13-15 in 1937-39, at St. Francis Xavier in Winthrop. McGowan died in 1962. In 10/09 the archdiocese announced that it had substantiated several allegations received in 2009 of abuse occurring 1936-49. All tributes and memorials on church property were ordered removed.

Fr. Lucien McKeone

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Died in 1980, age 47. Accused of abuse of a boy and two sisters. Per the diocese, a first report of abuse involving McKeone was received in 1993. The male accuser said that the abuse occurred in the early 1960s in Rumford when he was 10 or 11. One of the sisters alleged that she was between the ages of 15-20 when abused. McKeone was a family friend.

Fr. Raymond P. Melville

Ordained: 1985
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Left active priesthood in 1997. In a 1990 letter, a man accused Melville of abuse while in seminary in Baltimore. Diocese knew of his behavior before 1990. Sued in 2000 by a man who claimed abuse for seven years, beginning when he was age 13 in 1985. Suit settled. Other complaints in several locations. Another suit filed in 2/07 alleged abuse at age 12 in the late 1980s. Court awarded this man $4M in 1/08. Diocese dismissed from suit; dismissal upheld by ME Supreme Court in 11/13. Third suit filed 11/07. Melville was reportedly living in OK in 2007 and by 2013 may have been living in NC.

Fr. Leo James Michaud

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Removed in 4/02. Accused of abuse of teenage boy, ages 16-19, in the early 1970s while Michaud was a seminarian. Bishop said in 2007 that there was no proof of sexual abuse of a minor but that there was other misconduct that would keep Michaud from active ministry. He is shown as on Special or Other Diocesan Assignment in the Catholic Directories 2003-2012. Name changed in the Directory's 2004-2012 volumes to James L. Michaud.

Fr. Michael L. Plourde

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Name released by diocese on 1/27/07. Plourde had been placed on leave in 1994 for allegations "going back to 1976" that he abused two minors. He had returned to ministry after counseling in 1989 after allegations involving sexual miscondut toward an adult. Bishop recommended laicization, but released name before the Vatican's decision came through, citing the case of accused Wilmington priest Francis G. DeLuca. Laicization announced 5/08.

Fr. Marcel L. Robitaille

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Church ignored complaints in 1986 about abuse of nephew. Accused in a 1993 civil suit of abusing his younger brothers and the nephew over a period of many years. Diocese also named in suit. Civil suit against diocese was dismissed in 2002; judge ruled that abuse occurred only through family relationships and not through Robitaille's duties as a priest. Family reached a confidential settlement with Robitaille. A non-family complaint in 1997. Sentenced by the Vatican in 7/08 to life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Joseph C. Romani

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Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Born in Italy. Arrived in Portland in 1945. Incardinated in 1946. Per documents released by the Maine Attorney General's office, allegations were received in 2002 -03 that Romani had abused at least three young girls in the 1950s and 1960s. Assigned to St. Peter's in Portland during his entire career. Retired in 1983. Died in 2001 at age 93. Supervised known abuser Rev. Lawrence Sabatino beginning in 1967; may have failed to report additional allegations against him.

Fr. Christian F. Roy

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

On personal leave in 1993 when accused of abuse of a boy 1983-90. Privileges removed. At least two other complaints received. A woman sued him in 1994 claiming that Roy was counseling her and her husband and that he entered into a homosexual relationship with her husband during the counseling. Later settled. Laicized in 2006. A man sued the diocese in 2016, claiming abuse as a boy by Roy and Rev. Raymond Lauzon in the late 1970's to 1981. The man said Roy abused him during trips to Red Sox games and took him to Lauzon's home where he was also abused by that priest.

Fr. Lawrence A. Sabatino

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

A Lewiston family told the bishop and police in 1958 that Sabatino had sexually abused their 6-year-old daughter. The bishop transferred him to St. Peter's parish. At least 13 other women have come forward as of 2005 (and more later) to allege that he abused them as children at that parish. During much of his time at St. Peter's he was supervised by another priest, J. Romani, who has also been accused of abuse. Died in 1990.

Fr. John Shorty

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Assigned to parishes in Caribou, Portland, Stonington and Augusta. Youth Director and Moderator of the Diocesan CYO. Chaplain at the ME Maritime Academy in Castine. Placed on leave in 1994, accused of abuse 1976-81. Parish was told he was leaving because of stress. Left the priesthood about four years later. Laicized in 2006.

Fr. Armand J. Thibault

Order: SM
Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Died: 08/13/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Sacred Heart Brother for 34 years, during which time he spent 21 years in Lesotho and Zambia. Ordained in 1985 for the Marists. Personnel file released in 12/02. Criminal trial in 1993 in ME for sexual contact in 1992 with child under 14 (3 boys) and child endangerment (providing beer). Found not guilty on sex charge and pleaded no contest to the other. Received treatment then reassigned to Boston under restrictions. Retired. All privileges removed in 1/02. Died in 8/12.

Fr. Robert C. Vaillancourt

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

On 7/5/21 the Diocese announced that Vaillancourt had been placed on leave pending the investigation of an allegation that he had sexually abused a girl in the 1980s. Director in the late 1980s of Diocesan Youth Ministry. Pastor at the time of his suspension of St. Brendan the Navigator in Camden, ME. Vaillancourt denied wrongdoing. Reportedly in 9/21 a second woman had come forward, alleging Vaillancourt raped and sexually assaulted her repeatedly in 1982, when she was 15. He was in charge of youth ministry at St. Andre's in Biddeford during the time in question.


Fr. James P. Vallely

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland OR in 1949; moved to Portland ME diocese in 1951, incardinated 1952. At least five allegations of abuse of boys, per docs released by ME AG's office in 5/05. Four were said to be in ME 1956-62. Privileges removed and abuse publicly acknowledged in 1993 after one accusation. A woman told pastor of St. Michael's church in 1994 (and later) that she had been abused at age 11. She settled for $200K in 12/09 for 1976 abuse. Vallely retired in 1988; died 12/12/97. Three more accusers emerged in 12/09. Two men filed suits in 5/13. On 11/23/15 six men filed civil suits vs the Portland ME diocese alleging abuse by Vallely 1958-77. All were altar boys, ages ranging 8-15 during alleged abuse. The diocese settled with the six men 8/15/16 for $1.2 million.