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Defrocked priest now faced with 31 counts of sexual abuse in Maine

YORK, Maine – A former Roman Catholic priest, who for more than a decade in Massachusetts, a prison for the rape of an altar boy is re-indicted on sexual abuse charges in Maine.

Officials say Ronald Paquin are now faced with 31 counts of sexual abuse in York County, after initially indicted on 29 counts in February. The Portland Press Herald reports the 74-year-old Paquin has taken place in the York County Jail because he was arrested in February.

His court-appointed attorney, Heather Gonzales, says that the two extra charges apparently came after prosecutors met a man to try to get more specific dates on the alleged violations in Maine, resulting in two more counts added.

Paquin was defrocked in 2004.

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Information: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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