Fr. C. Melvin Surette

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

First known allegations of abuse were made in 9/93. Part-time counselor and later head of Alpha-Omega program for youths with serious behavioral issues (drugs, alcohol, criminal, etc). He abused several youths there. One case settled in 1995 for $50K. Then assigned to the archdiocesan clergy abuse office where he helped the career of Ronald Paquin and others. Several settlements before 5/02. Three more men filed suit in 5/02 claiming abuse at Alpha-Omega. Personnel file released in 12/02. Still on leave in 10/15; canonical case pending. In 2020 the archdiocesan website shows that Surette was “dismissed” in 2012.


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