June 26, 2019
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Former priest convicted of sexually abusing boy in Maine faces March 5 sentencing

Rich Beauchesne | York County Coast Star
Rich Beauchesne | York County Coast Star
Former Massachusetts priest Ronald Paquin, accused of sexually abusing two boys repeatedly during trips to Maine in the 1980s, sits in the York County Superior Court in late November on the first day of his trial.

Former priest Ronald Paquin will be sentenced in York Superior Court on March 5 after he was found guilty on 11 counts of gross sexual misconduct for abusing a young altar boy at a campground in Kennebunkport in the late 1980s.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. Paquin, 76, was found guilty on all charges involving victim Keith Townsend of New Hampshire, who detailed repeated sexual alleged abuse he endured from Paquin beginning at age 11. The abuse allegedly occurred at Paquin’s seasonal camper in the Salty Acres Campground between 1986 and 1988. Townsend said Paquin would bring him and other boys to his camper, ply them with alcohol and repeatedly sexually abuse them.

A 12-member jury — six men and six women found Paquin guilty Nov. 29 following three days of testimony.

Paquin was found not guilty on 13 charges involving a second accuser, who also testified in court.

Paquin was a central figure in the Boston archdiocese’s sex abuse scandal and pleaded guilty to raping an altar boy in 2002. He served more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison and was released in 2015.

Paquin has remained in York County Jail following the verdict.

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