ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The trial is getting underway for a former Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of raping an altar boy in Massachusetts and now faces sexual abuse charges in Maine.
A jury was selected last week for the trial of 74-year-old Ronald Paquin. His trial on 31 counts of sexual abuse in York County was due to begin on Monday.
Prosecutors say Paquin assaulted two boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport. Police say the boys were 11 and 14. Court documents indicate one of them was “substantially impaired” by drugs.
Paquin spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy. He was defrocked in 2004.
He pleaded not guilty to the Maine charges.
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