A defrocked priest who was a central figure in the Boston clergy abuse scandal was found guilty Thursday of abusing a boy in Maine in the 1980s.
Two men testified that 76-year-old Ronald Paquin repeatedly assaulted them, but a jury returned guilty verdicts on counts involving only one of them.
“He was kind of a hip priest,” 44-year-old Keith Townsend testified in York County Superior Court in Maine, according to NBC 10. “He wasn’t traditional.”
Townsend said in court that Paquin would buy altar boys presents and take them on trips.
“He would always be touching me,” Townsend said in court, according to NBC. “He said it was perfectly normal for men to touch each other. He said it was part of a human sexuality course he was taking.”
Townsend also said that the priest would give him alcohol.
“I can still taste that drink today,” Townsend said, according to the Press Herald.
Paquin spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for sexually assaulting an altar boy, and was featured in the 2015 film “Spotlight” about the Boston Globe’s reporting of the Diocese scandal. He admitted he abused at least 14 boys, the Globe reported.
He was released from prison in 2015, but was back in custody last year.
He was convicted Thursday on 11 of 24 counts against him.