Fr. Richard Roger Lavigne

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Arrested and charged in 1991, accused of abuse of 5 boys. Convicted in 1992 of assaulting 2 boys; jail time of 4-6 years, suspended; 10 years probation. In 1993, 11 new accusers surfaced, a day after Lavigne was released from treatment at St. Luke’s in MD. Claims with 17 plaintiffs settled in 1994 ($1.4M). Other plaintiffs included in 7/04 settlement. As many as 48 known victims; law enforcement estimated over 250 victims. “Official tally” 43, per plaintiffs’ attorney in 6/21. Laicization announced 1/04. Prime suspect in 1972 murder of altar boy Danny Croteau. Lavigne died 5/21/21, hours before he was to be arrested for the murder. The D.A. stated that Lavigne implicated himself during interviews in the weeks before his death. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused.


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