Vatican agrees with punishment for Maine priest

The Associated Press
Posted Aug. 20, 2009, at 1:44 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Vatican has confirmed the discipline imposed by the Diocese of Portland on a Roman Catholic priest twice accused of sexual improprieties.

The Rev. Michael Doucette will be allowed to retain the title of priest, but he won’t be able to present himself as a priest, wear clerical garb or have a public ministry.

Doucette was removed from the public ministry in 1991 after an abuse victim came forward and was allowed to resume his ministry a year later after treatment. He was removed permanently in 2002 after another victim reported he made sexual advances before his treatment in 1991.

Doucette served nine locations, all in northern Maine. He still lives in Maine, but his hometown isn’t known. Because he wasn’t convicted, he isn’t on the state’s sex offender registry.

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