Fr. Michael L. Plourde

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Publicly named as accused by diocese on 1/27/07. Plourde had been placed on leave in 1994 for allegations dating to 1976 that he abused two minors. He had returned to ministry in 1989 after counseling due to allegations involving sexual misconduct toward an adult. The Bishop recommended laicization. Name released as accused before the Vatican’s decision came through, citing the case of accused Wilmington priest Francis G. DeLuca. Laicization announced in 5/08. In 12/22 two brothers sued the diocese, claiming Plourde sexually abused them when they were altar boys, ages 10 and 12, at St. Hycinth in Westbrook in 1978-1979. They said they told their mother at the time, who reported the abuse to Plourde’s supervisor, Fr. Antonio Gosselin. The family left the parish and allegedly heard nothing back from church officials.

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