Fr. Renald C. Hallee

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

A woman filed suit in 3/10 against Hallee and the diocese alleging that he sexually abused her 1970-1973, beginning when she was age 8 and he was assigned to St. John’s Parish in Bangor ME. The court ruled in favor of the diocese and Hallee due to the statute of limitations. The woman settled with the diocese but appealed the decision regarding Hallee; it was reversed in 1/12. Hallee’s last assignment as a priest was in 1977. He spent time the same year at the House of Affirmation in Whitinsville, MA, stayed in MA and married in 1983. He was a teacher in Lexington MA 1978-2007 and was laicized 5/4/09. As a volunteer at a parish in Billerica MA, he was allowed to chaperone teenagers on a church trip in 2010, despite having informed the parish priest about the lawsuit. The woman’s suit against Hallee was dismissed by the ME Supreme Court on the statute of limitations. The court said she had not tried hard enough to locate him and serve him with a lawsuit. In 2020 the diocese received a report that Hallee sexually abused a high school student in the early 1970s. The allegations were deemed credible by the Diocesan Review Board, as announced in 1/22. 

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