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Maine Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Maine Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Maine Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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Merson Law has compiled a list of Roman Catholic Priests and Clergy members (the Maine priest sex abuse list) accused of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault of minors. The Sexual Assault team at Merson Law specializes in Catholic Clergy and Priest Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault cases.

This information found in this list is compiled from the Database of Publicly Accused Priests and does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements.

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Maine Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Maine Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Maine Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last Name First Name Diocese Notes
Alexis-du-Sacre-Coeur Sister Portland, ME Accused in 2005 report of sexually abusing an 8- or 9-year-old boy in 1948 or 1949 by having him sit under her desk as a punishment. She would allegedly “put her dress over the child’s head … and she made him push his hands into her genitals.” Many students were punished this way. Parents reported the incidents to the school at the time.
Audibert John L. Portland, ME Accused in 1993 of abuse of a minor between 1974-1976. Received treatment and evaluation by review board before being returned to active ministry. He told his parishioners about the claims. Removed from active ministry without privileges in 2002. Permanently removed from ministry by Vatican 3/06 and ordered to lead a life of prayer and penance.
Beaudet George Portland, ME Name released by the diocese in Jan. 2007. Had been placed on leave in 2000 after allegation of abuse dating back to 1979. Additional complaints were received in 2002. Laicization was announced 5/08.
Berube Louis F. Portland, ME Accused of abuse of girls in 1954, 1961-1962, and 1971. He retired in 1992 and died in 2002. Bishop announced in 2006 that Berube’s name would appear on a “list of deceased priests who, based on available information, would likely be removed from theministry if they were alive today.”
Bigelin Charles Portland, ME Died in 1962. He was accused of abuse in 2002 per documents released by the Maine Atty General office 5/05. Man reported to Archdiocese and Atty Gen. in 2002 that Bigelin had attempted to molest him at age 13 (in approx. 1953) at St. Mary’s Parish in Old Town.
Boivin Phillip J. Portland, ME Accused of abuse of one man at age 9 or 10 in 1941 or 1942 at St. John Parish in Rumford per documents released by Maine AG 7/05. Died 1953.
Boltz Henry A. Portland, ME Ordained for Diocese of Calgary in 1920. Came to Portland in 1931 and incardinated 1935. Per 2005 documents released by Maine Atty General, he was accused of abuse by three men who alleged abuse in late 1940s – early 1950s. Retired 1966 and died at age 79 in 1970.
Cahill William B. Portland, ME Accused of abuse of at least 3 male students at Cheverus High School between 1950 and 1960 per documents released by Maine AG in 2005. Died 2/5/86.
Caron Antonin R. (Tony) Portland, ME Found not guilty by jury 3/94 of gross sexual assault and other charges involving a 13-yr-old girl. Said to have assaulted girl with a pencil and his hands 5/9/92 in the sacristy of St. James in Baileyville. Caron’s defense was that he would not have assaulted the girl because he was gay. Caron retired “on disability” before the charges were filed. Name in the news 2002-03 because he posted on a gay web site created by another priest, Fr. John Harris. Privileges temporarily revoked but later reinstated. Investigation of new complaint 2/12 re incidents 1982-86. Diocese called claims “substantiated.” New claims under investigation by Archdiocese 8/14. One man says Caron sexually abused him for 3 yrs, taking him on trips after his mother died. Laicization announced 6/10/16.
Carrier Herve G. Portland, ME June 2002 article said Carrier abused a woman once in spring of 1958 when she was age 8. After therapy, the woman disclosed abuse in 1993 but church officials did not believe her. He died 2002 at age 87. Documents released by Maine AG 5/05.
Carrigan Frederick A. Portland, ME Removed from ministry in 1989 for inappropriate behavior with an adult. First accused if abuse of a minor in 1991 after allegation dating back to 1972. Removed from all ministry in 2002. Bishop recommended laicization. After a church trial in fall, 2008, Vatican announced in 5/09 that he should live a life of prayer and penance.
Corbeil Ralph Portland, ME Accused of abuse of 15-yr-old girl in 1948 and an altar boy from 1952-1956 per documents released by Maine AG’s office 5/05. A man reported the 1948 incident involving the girl in 2002. Several complaints in early 1950s and Corbeil transferred. Abuse of the altar boy was allegedly at St. Mary’s in Lewiston. Corbeil said to have given him $$ after each incident. Corbeil retired 8/1/69 and died 1/20/73.
Coughlin Paul E. Portland, ME Law enforcement informed the diocese in 2002 that Coughlin had been accused of “inappropriate physical contact” (but not abuse) with a minor in 1985. The diocese deemed that allegation unsubstantiated. Removed in 2004 after diocese learned that Coughlin had allowed a man accused of molesting a teenage boy to live in his rectory. Was to be returned to limited duties in 2/08 but too much public outcry.
Crete Marcel Portland, ME Pleaded guilty 12/89 to 5 counts of gross sexual miscounduct for having sex with 12 yr old boy in 1983. Two other charges outside the statute of limitations. Per 2/04 Maine Atty General Report, Crete was sentenced to 8 years with all but two and a half years suspended and a period of probation. Served 7 months of his sentence and was released 7/90. He still resides with the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Alfred, Maine. Registered Sex Offender.
Crozier John Portland, ME Per documents released by the Maine AG’s office in 2005, Crozier was accused of abuse of 3 brothers and one of their sisters in 1960s and 1970s. They reported abuse to Diocese in 1990s. Known to have major problems with alcohol. No assignment after 1983. Died 1990.
Curran John J. Portland, ME Curran retired in 1972 and died in 1976. In 1994 one man testified before a legislative hearing that he had been molested by Curran in 1950s. Diocese forwarded this info to police in 5/02. Another man had notified police in 3/02 that he had also been molested in late 1950s. A third (?) man complained in 2007 of abuse in 1962. Bishop noted in 7/08 that if Curran were alive, the diocese would remove him from ministry pending investigation. Personnel file released 01/14.
Cyr Armand Portland, ME Woman told the diocese in 2002 that Cyr molested her in 1949 when she was 11 and again in 1957 when she was 19 and he drove her home from college. He died in 1977.
Delaney Herman Portland, ME Accused by 1 woman of raping her shortly before she graduated from high school in 1967 at age 18. Another man was accused too. Abuse not recalled until 1983. Complainant also recovered under hypnosis memories of being abused by her father, father’s friends, and her mother, and of being raped by her doctors. Complainant believed she had performed exorcisms. AG’s file notes that her allegation “was not deemed credible,” possibly referring only to the allegation against the second man. Died 1987.
Dooley Joseph C. Portland, ME In 2002 a woman alleged that Dooley abused her when she was ages 3-11 during 1956-1964. He was assigned at the time to St. Dominic’s in Portland. Another woman made allegations of abuse in 2000; her age at time of abuse was unknown. Dooley was assigned to Cheverus High School 1954-1958. He died 7/83.
Doucette Michael L. Portland, ME Accused of abusing a boy over several year period in early 1980s. He was removed from his parish in 2002. Man says he told Bishop Gerry in 1991 about the abuse. Doucette admitted to “several physical encounters” with a 15 yr old parishioner. An out-of-court settlement made in 1992. Several known victims. Vatican’s approval of Archdiocese’s decision to permanently remove him from active priesthood announced 8/09.
Doyon Dominique Portland, ME In 2002 and 2003 accusations, 2 men accused Doyon of molesting them in Lewiston in the 1960s and ’70s. Doyon was living at the monastary at SS Peter and Paul church at the time. He was still living there per 1989 Official Catholic Directory but 2005 article reported he was deceased.
Fiset Louis Philippe Portland, ME Originally from Canada. Named in the 2005 Portland AG report as having abused one youth from age 14-18 between 1968-1978 in Lewiston. Report was made in 2003. He was shown as deceased.
Gauvin Paul L. Portland, ME In 12/12 diocese announced a substantiated claim of abuse of a minor (age 11-12) against Gauvin when he was assigned as director of religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas in Madawaska in early 1970s. Gauvin apparently left Maine in 1994 when order left. He was working as director of liturgy at Sacred Heart parish in Bloomfield CT in 2012 when he was placed under supervision without contact with minors.
Girardin Antonio M. Portland, ME Documents produced with the 2005 Maine AG report shows at least 4 allegations of abuse received against Girardin. One woman complained that he abused her in 1943 when she was in 5th grade. Other three complaints were by men who said they were abused in1960s. Girardin died in 1974.
Gorham Peter Paul Portland, ME Accused in 1995 of abuse dating back to 1953. Retired in 1996 and has had no duties since that time. Diocese announced 1/07 that Vatican had permanently removed him from ministry and ordered him to lead a life of prayer and penance. Died 9/14/09.
Hallee Renald C. Portland, ME Woman filed suit 3/10 against Hallee and Diocese alleging he abused her in early 1970s when she was a minor and he was at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor. Court granted summary judgment in favor of Diocese & Hallee on SOL. Plaintiff settled with Diocese but appealed re Hallee. Decision reversed 1/12. Hallee left priesthood in 1977 & was laicized 5/4/09. Later a church volunteer in MA, he was allowed to chaperone teens on church trip in 2010 even after telling his priest about the suit. Woman’s suit against Hallee was dismissed by Maine Supreme Court on SOL, even though he left the state in 1977. Court said she had not tried hard enough to locate him and serve him with a lawsuit..
Harris John E. Portland, ME Disciplined in 1999 for launching a sexually explicit website. Then placed on leave in 2003 after accusation of nude swimming and boating with youths 20 years previously.
Henderson Thomas Portland, ME 2005 Maine AG report includes one claim that Henderson attempted to rape one youth in Richmond in 1945 or 1946 when he was 13 or 14. Henderson got him drunk on other occasions so there may have been more than one assault. Henderson is reported to be deceased.
Hill Ernest Justin Portland, ME Suspended by his order in 1994 for refusing to undergo psychological testing. Accused in 1999 of sexual abuse in Maine in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Hill became an S.T. brother in 1944 and an S.T. priest in 1951. On the Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19. It notes report in 1994 of abuse in Indiana in 1992. Died 2003.
Kane Francis J. Portland, ME Accused in 1994 civil suit of abuse of 1 youth in 1982 at St. Bartholomew’s in Cape Elizabeth. He had been placed on limited ministry in 1987. Claim settled 1995. He retired in 1997 from duties as hospital chaplain. In Jan. 2007 it was announced that Vatican had ordered him to lead a life of prayer and penance. He is 79 and in ill health.
Laplante Laurent Portland, ME Removed from assignment in 12/05 after teenage girl said he touched her touched her pants on her knee and inner thigh six years previously when she was 9. He was returned to his parish assignment in 2/06 after diocese said it was unable to find enough evident to prove the event had occurred.
Lauzon Raymond J. Portland, ME Accused of performing oral sex on youth and of trying to get youth to recant statement to police. Sentenced in 1985 to 6 mo. jail and 1 yr probation for abuse of 2 youths. Diocese published written apology 4/98. Several suits filed in 1990s. Maine AG report shows 18 plaintiffs. In 2002 he was living at Monastery in Lithania and was often seen with children. Died 9/05. Man sued diocese in 2016 re alleged abuse as boy late 1970s to 1981 by Lauzon and Rev. Christian Roy.
Lee Thomas M. Portland, ME Removed 5/02 when a woman said he abused her son. Youth “would not testify” and diocese returned him to ministry, saying charges unsubstantiated. Removed again 9/03 when woman complained and 2 other victims came forward. The first victim denied refusing to testify. Lee retired in 2004. Church tribunal ruled 8/08 that accusations not proven but actions were imprudent. Bishop appealed to Vatican 12/08. As of 1/09 there were 14 accusers . Diocese said 2/19/11 that church appeals court affirmed tribunal ruling but bishop will not reassign.
Mandeville Lucien Portland, ME Accused of abuse of 1 youth in 1944 in Lewiston, 1 in early 1950s (who said Mandeville also abused his younger brother) in Rumford, and 1 during an unknown time frame. Retired in 1973 and died in 1984. Allegations were reported to Diocese in 2002.
McEnany Shawn Portland, ME Pleaded guilty in 1988 to unlawful sexual contact with 15 yr old female student at Lewiston ME High School. Rec’d 2 one-yr suspended sentences and 1 yr probation.. Went on to work for school operated by Bros. Sacred Heart in NH. Order thought it was ok since it was boys school and he abused a girl. Placed on leave 1997 and charged with violating a state law that bars sex offenders from working with children and for failing to register. Charges dropped 1999. Moved to RI. Named in Maine AG Report.
McGowan Joseph R. (J.R.) Portland, ME In 3/02 victim, who was then 78, reported that he had been abused by McGowan when he was aged 13-15 in 1937-1939 at St. Francis Xavier in Winthrop. McGowan suffered from senile dementia when he retired in 1957. He died in 1962. In 10/09 Archdiocese announced that it had substantiated several allegations received in 2009 re abuse between 1936-1949. All tributes and memorials on church property were ordered removed.
McKeone Lucien Portland, ME Accused of abuse of a boy and two sisters before his death in 1980. First report made in 1992. The male accuser said that the abuse occurred in early 1960s in Rumford when he was 10 or 11. No specific information given re abuse of the two sisters, except that one alleged it occurred when she was between 15-20 yrs old. McKeone was a friend of the family.
Melville Raymond P. Portland, ME Left active priesthood in 1997. In 1990 letter, one man accused Melville of abuse while in seminary in Baltimore. Diocese knew of his behavior before 1990. Sued 2000 by one man who claimed abuse for seven years beginning in 1985 at age 13. Suit settled.Other complaints in several locations. Another suit filed 2/07 by man alleging abuse in late 1980s. Court awarded this man $4M in 1/08 (but only against Melville). Diocese dismissed; dismissal upheld by ME Supreme Ct. 11/13. 3rd suit filed 11/07.
Michaud Leo James Portland, ME Removed 4/02. Accused of abuse of teenage boy (aged 16-19) in early 1970s while Michaud was still in seminary. Bishop said in 2007 that there was no proof of sexual abuse of a minor but that there was other misconduct that would keep Michaud from active ministry. He is shown as on Special or Other Diocesan Assignment in Catholic Directories between 2003 and 2012. His name in the Catholic Directories also changed to James L. Michaud in 2004-2012 volumes.
Ouellette Rosario E. Portland, ME Diocese reported in 2004 that Ouellette had recently been accused of abuse of one youth in early 1930s at Sacred Heart in Portland and at Camp Gregory. Died in 1969.
Pellerin Albert Portland, ME Per documents released 5/27/05 by the Maine AG, man complained in 2002 that Pellerin had groping him in 1960s in Lewiston. Pellerin was deceased when the report was made.
Plourde Michael L. Portland, ME Name released by diocese on 1/27/07. Plourde had been placed on leave in 1994 for allegations “going back to 1976” that he abused two minors. He had returned to ministry after counseling in 1989 after allegations involving sexual miscondut toward an adult. Bishop has recommended laicization, but released name before the Vatican’s decision came through, citing the case of accused Wilmington priest Francis G. DeLuca. Laicization announced 5/08.
Robitaille Marcel L. Portland, ME Church ignored complaints in 1986 about abuse of nephew. Accused in 1993 civil suit of abusing his younger brothers and the nephew over a period of many years. Diocese also named in suit. Civil suit against diocese was dismissed in 2002; judge ruled that abuse occurred only through family relationships and not through Robitaille’s duties as a priest. Family reached a confidential settlement with Robitaille. A non-family complaint in 1997. Vatican sentenced him to life of prayer and penance 7/08.
Romani Joseph C. Portland, ME Born in Italy. Came to Portland in 1945 and incardinated in 1946. Per documents released by Maine AG’s office, allegations received in 2002 – 2003 that Romani had abused at least 3 women in 1950s and 1960s when they were young children. Served at St. Peter’s in Portland during his entire career. Retired in 1983 and died in 2001 at age 93. He supervised a known abuser Lawrence Sabatino beginning in 1967 and may have failed to report add’l allegations against him.
Roy Christian F. Portland, ME In 1993 accused of abuse of youth from 1983-1990. On personal leave at the time but then his privileges were removed. At least two other complaints received. Woman sued him in 1994 claiming that Roy was counseling her and her husband and that he entered into homosexual relationship with her husband during the counseling. Later settled. Laicized 2006. Man sued diocese 2016 re alleged abuse by Roy and Rev. Raymond Lauzon late 1970’s to 1981. Said Roy abused him during trips to Red Sox and took him to Lauzon’s home where that priest abused him.
Sabatino Lawrence A. Portland, ME Lewiston family told Church and police in 1958 that Sabatino had sexually abused their 6 yr old daughter. Church transferred him to St. Peter’s parish. At least 13 other women have come forward as of 2005 (and more later) to allege that he abused them at that parish. During much of his time at St. Peter’s he was supervised by another priest, J. Romani, who has also been accused of abuse. Died 1990.
Shorty John Portland, ME Accused of abuse of a minor in late 1970s. Placed on leave in 1994. Parish was told he was leaving because of stress. Left the priesthood about 4 yrs later and was laicized by Vatican in 2006.
Thibault Armand “Bro Raymond” Portland, ME Spent 21 years in Lesotho and Zambia as a member of Sacred Heart Brothers. Was member for 34 yrs before being ordained as Marist. Personnel file released 12/02. 1993 criminal trial in ME for 1992 sexual contact with child under 14 (re 3 boys) and child endangerment (providing beer to kids). Found not guilty on sex charge and pleaded no contest to the other. Received treatment then reassigned to Boston under restrictions. Retired. All privileges removed 1/02. Died 8/2012.
Vallely James P. Portland, ME Ordained OR 1949; moved to ME 1950. At least five allegations of abuse of boys rec’d per docs released by ME AG’s office 5/05. Four were said to be in Portland between 1956-1962. Privileges removed and abuse publicly acknowledged in 1993 after one accusation. A woman told pastor of St. Michael’s church in 1994 (and later) that she had been abused at age 11. She settled for $200K 12/09 re 1976 abuse. Vallely retired 1988; died 12/12/97. Three more accusers emerged 12/09. Two men filed suits 5/13. On 11/23/15 six men filed civil suits vs the Portland ME diocese alleging abuse by Vallely 1958-1977. All were altar boys, ages ranging 8-15 during alleged abuse. The diocese settled with the six men 8/15/16 for $1.2 million.

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