Father Renald Hallee
Diocese of Portland
Left Priesthood: 1977
Assigned as follows:
- 1970: St. Mary (Augusta, ME)
- 1970-1973: St. John (Bangor, ME)
- 1973-1977: St Louis (Fort Kent, ME)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Renald Hallee:
Fr. Renald Hallee was ordained a priest in 1970, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland, until 1977, when he left the priesthood and moved to Lexington, ME. According to media reports, in 2010, Fr. Hallee was named in a lawsuit filed by a woman alleging that the priest sexually abused her between 1970-1973 beginning when she was eight years old. The alleged abuse occurred when Fr. Hallee was assigned to St. John’s Parish in Bangor. The court granted summary judgement in favor of Halle and the Diocese of Portland based on statute of limitations.
The victim settled with the Diocese of Portland, but appealed the decision regarding Fr. Halle. She argued that the statute of limitations should have been on hold from the time Halle left Maine until she learned of his whereabouts in 2009. In 2012, the Supreme Court of Maine vacated the judgement and returned the case to a lower court to determine whether Halle had lived out of state since 1977. In 2013, the Maine Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling that concluded that the statute of limitations barred the victim from suing Fr. Halle for alleged sexual abuse.
After Halle left the priesthood, he worked as a teacher in Lexington, MA until his retirement in 2007. He married in 1983.
In 2010, Hallee was allowed to chaperone a group of teens from St. Theresa de Lisieux in Billerica, MA on a church field trip after telling the pastor about the lawsuit against him.
His current whereabouts are unknown.
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