Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Living in Bonita Springs

By Pedro Morales
June 7, 2008

A Roman Catholic priest from Maine defrocked by the Vatican last week for allegedly sexually abusing children is living in Bonita Springs.

George W. Beaudet, who lives on Colony Road, worked in nine Maine parishes before being removed from public ministry in 2000 after at least one abuse allegation was brought against him, according to the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests.

The Vatican investigated Beaudet and several other priests before he and another priest were laicized May 30, according to media reports.

Reached at his home Beaudet was noncommittal: "I've never been convicted of anything."

But an advocate for those abused by priests says concern is appropriate.

"He has been tried by the Vatican and they would not throw him out unless they have adequate reason," said Harvey Paul, director of survivor network for the state of Maine.


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