Retired Maine Priest under Investigation

Boston Globe
February 11, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine—The leader of Maine's Catholic church says the diocese is investigating allegations of sex abuse against a retired priest.

Bishop Richard Malone said a complaint filed with the church in November alleges that the Rev. Antonin "Tony" Caron was involved in incidents from 1982 to 1986 while he was a priest at parishes in Mechanic Falls and Gray.

The 68-year-old Caron was acquitted in 1994 of sexual misconduct conduct charges involving a young woman. Six years later, the church suspended him for his involvement in a sexually explicit website.

Church officials said Caron retired from the full-time ministry due to medical problems prior to his sexual misconduct trial in the 1990s, and that he's held no public ministry since 2010.


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