A priest at the center of the Boston clergy abuse scandal has been arrested on 29 more counts of sexual misconduct against young boys.
Ronald Paquin served more than 10 years in prison for raping an altar boy, and faces more jail time for alleged abuse of two boys in Maine in the late 1980s, the Boston Globe reported.
Paquin pleaded guilty in 2002 to raping a boy from the time he was 12 and was eventually defrocked by the Vatican in 2004.
Keith Townsend told Seacoast Online that he was one of the Maine victims, and contacted authorities in Kennebunkport after learning that his alleged abuser had been released in 2015.
“When they released him, simple outrage. Nobody is safe as long as this guy’s on the street,” the New Hampshire resident said, adding that he had been abused as young as 8.
Towsend said that Paquin began touching him once in the parish cars, and then started raping him two years later after using alcohol and drugs to control him.
The alleged victim said that his life has become a “downward spiral” of addiction and crime, but added that he has become ready to pursue charges against his abuser after becoming sober.
Paquin was arrested on Thursday and is expected to make his first court appearance in Massachusetts.
The priest became one of the subjects of a Globe investigation into the Boston Archdiocese moving pastors around after allegations of sexual misconduct.
In an episode portrayed in the 2015 Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” the priest admitted to the newspaper that he had “fooled around” but denied having raped anyone and said he “never felt gratified myself.”
Paquin later admitted to medical evaluators that he had abused at least 14 boys.