New sex abuse allegations against former Gray priest

August 19, 2014

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PORTLAND (WGME) -- New allegations are lodged against a former priest from Gray.

Demonstrators outside the Portland Diocese on Tuesday accused Father Tony Caron of sexually abusing Norman Smith when he was a teen.

Father Tony Caron is the former priest of St. Gregory Parish in Gray.

Smith showed CBS 13 News photos from several trips he says Caron took him on after his mother died.  His older sister says she thought Caron was befriending her brother.

Instead, Norman Smith claims he was sexually abused for three years.

"The Catholic Church has hidden this stuff for so long.  And so many people have been hurt by this.  It's not fair to the children.  It's not fair to their families," Normal Smith said.

"The Diocese has plenty of information.  Why are they stalling?  Why are they preventing this man from his healing process?" said Robert Hoatson, the founder of Road to Recovery, a group that helps sex abuse victims.

Two and a half years ago, Father Caron was acquitted in a separate case for sexual abuse of a minor.

The Portland Diocese referred CBS 13 to an attorney for comment, who says the Diocese did respond to a letter from Smith's attorney and is not ignoring this case.


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