Priest Arraigned

United Press International
June 10, 1987

A priest at St. Teresa's Catholic Church was arraigned Wednesday on two felony charges for allegedly restraining and having sexual contact with an 11-year-old boy.

The Rev. Paul Margand, 30, was charged with sexual contact with a child and first-degree false imprisonment. He was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and ordered to have no contact with people younger than 16.

Both offenses are felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Police said Margand allegedly restrained or abducted the boy "under terrorizing circumstances or under circumstances which exposed him to the risk of serious bodily injury."

The alleged incident occurred June 4 after an alter-boy serving class at the church, police said. The boy was supposed to call his mother to come pick him up, but Margand told him he wanted him to stay and help clean up, police said.

The boy objected but Margand allegedly took him to a main-floor office and told him to start cleaning shelves.

Margand then asked the boy to come downstairs and take some dishes to the kitchen. The boy did and Margand allegedly picked him up and started to tickle him, police said.

He then allegedly threw the boy over his shoulder, took him to the living room, dropped him to floor and began rubbing up against him, police said.

Margand was assigned to be assistant priest of St. Teresa's June 12, 1985, after ordination on May 25, 1985. Church officials would not comment on the case.


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