Fr. Richard Degagne

Ordained: 1982
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Placed on leave in 11/19 pending an investigation into “misconduct” allegedly occurring prior to ordination. Degagne denied the allegations. He was a junior high school music teacher before entering the priesthood. Included on the diocese’s list of accused 1/17/21, under “cases in process.” Allegedly sexually abused a boy 1972-73 when a counselor at Cathedral Camp in Freetown. In 12/13/21 the diocese announced that the allegations against Degagne were deemed credible and that he would not be returned to ministry. Lawsuit filed in 7/22 alleges abuse of a boy, age 12-13, in 1988 in New Bedford and during an overnight trip to Maine.

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