Priest Convicted

United Press International
February 11, 1988

A Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting an alter boy has been sentenced to the maximum term of incarceration allowed on the charge.

Paul F. Margand, 30, was sentenced Wednesday by Lancaster County District Judge Donald Endacott, who ruled that he fit the law's definition of a mentally disordered sex offender. Endacott ordered Margand be incarcerated 1 to 5 years.

He will begin serving his term in custody at the Lincoln Regional Center, where sex offenders receive treatment for mental illness.

If he is judged by Regional Center authorities to have overcome his mental illness or to have received the maximum possible benefit from treatment, he must serve the remainder of his term in prison.

Margand was charged in June 1987 with two counts of having sexual contact with a child and one count of first-degree false imprisonment.

Authorities alleged Margand forcibly restrained and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy, both of whom attended his private religious instruction classes at St. Teresa's Rectory.

The false imprisonment and one sexual assault charge was dropped in return for Margand's guilty plea to the other assault charge.

Before imposing sentence, Endacott told Margand that he had violated the public's trust and had victimized two innocent boys, causing serious repercussions.


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