Fr. Edmund Lemire

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

On 10/10/02 the Manchester diocese settled with 16 claimants. One of them, John Doe 12, alleged that Lemire, an extern from the Sherbrooke diocese in Quebec assigned to St Edmund’s parish in Manchester, abused him in the early 1960s. Lemire exploited a common interest in magic and stamp collecting and fondled the boy under his bathing suit during an outing. The NH AG’s audit documents revealed two allegations of abuse committed at St Aloysius of Gonzaga parish in Nashua in the late1950s. One boy was fondled twice at age 16. The other boy was forced to hold Lemire’s penis and was ‘abused many times.’ He was later abused by Fr Roland Veilette and (as an adult) by Fr Karl E Dowd. Lemire was deceased as of 2003.

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