Mistrial Declared in Case of Former Altar Boy Suing Diocese of Burlington


August 27, 2008

(NECN: Burlington, VT) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former altar boy suing the Diocese of Burlington.

The man, now a 40-year-old Waitsfield resident claims he suffered sexual abuse as a child. He says the church failed to adequately supervise Reverend Edward Paquette and that Paquette molested him up to 50 times when he was a fourth-grade altar boy at Christ the King church in Burlington in the 1970s.

After about 16 hours of deliberations over three days, jurors said Wednesday they were hopelessly deadlocked.


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