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.

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