Fr. Ronald H. Paquin

Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Pled guilty in 12/02 to 3 counts of child rape; sentenced to 12-15 years prison. At least 18 complaints reported to Archdiocese over a 20-year period; not permanently removed until 2000. Placed on leave in 1990, reinstated 1998. Six claims settled by church for over $500K. Named in report by NH Attorney General. Laicization announced 5/04. Announcement 10/2/15 that prosecutors’ bid to have Paquin civilly committed to a facility for sexual predators was denied, after “qualified experts” deemed him not sexually dangerous. Released same day. Indicted 2/17 in ME on 29 counts of sexual misconduct with two boys in late ’80s, some at camps in ME. Pled not guilty. Extradited to ME jail. Reindicted 11/17; pled not guilty to 31 counts. Found guilty 11/29/18 on 11 counts related to abuse of one boy. Found not guilty of abuse of the other. Sentenced 5/24 to16 years in prison. Appealed conviction to Maine Supreme Court in 2/20. Court upheld conviction in 4/20.

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