Tag: Diocese of Portland

Fr. James Vallely – Diocese of Portland

Father James Vallely

Diocese of Portland

James Vallely Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949

Privileges removed: 1993

Died: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949-1951: St. Rose (Portland, OR)
  • 1951-1953: St. Joseph (Waterville, ME)
  • 1953: St. Mary (Bangor, ME)
  • 1953-1956: St. John (Bangor, ME)
  • 1953-1956: Bangor State Hospital (Bangor, MA)
  • 1956-1967: St. Dominic (Portland, MA)
  • 1956-1967: St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage (Portland, ME)
  • 1967-1968: St. Louis (Limestone, ME)
  • 1968-1974: Holy Name of Jesus (Macias, ME)
  • 1968-1972: Our Lady of Wisdom (Whitneyville, ME)
  • 1968-1974: St. Michael (Cherryfield, ME)
  • 1974-1988: St. Michael (South Berwick, ME)
  • St. Stephen (Winter Springs, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James Vallely:

Fr. James Vallely was ordained in 1949 in Portland, OR. He moved to Portland, ME in 1951 and was indoctrinated to the Diocese of Portland in 1952. According to media reports, between January and March of 1993, the Diocese of Portland received five allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. Vallely. The first victim to come forward alleges that Vallely abused him on a weekly basis for four years beginning in the late 1950’s when he was a nine-year old altar boy at St. Dominic. The alleged abuse occurred in the church and the rectory and at a camp on a lake.

The other four alleged victims were between 9-12 when the abuse began. Two were altar boys at St. Dominic, and one was an altar boy at St. John. The alleged abuse included fondling, hugging, and masturbation. The incidents occurred in church sacristies, in automobiles, and at a church run camp. After these allegations surfaced, Fr. Vallely was sent to outpatient treatment in Florida, and his privileges were removed.

According to media reports, in 1994, a woman told the pastor at St. Michael in South Berwick that Fr. Vallely sexually abused her in 1976 when she was an 11-year-old altar server at the church. The pastor told her forgive Vallely and move on with her life. The Diocese of Portland made a $200,000 settlement with the woman in 2009.

Two brothers reportedly sued the Diocese of Portland in 2013 for alleged abuse they suffered from Fr. Vallely in 1976-1979 when they were altar servers at St. Michael in South Berwick. The brothers were 10 and 11 years-old when the alleged abuse began.

In 2016, six men alleging child sexual abuse between 1956-1977 against Fr. Vallely sued the Diocese of Portland in six separate suits. The alleged victims were altar boys between the ages of 8-15 years old at the time of the abuse. The suits claimed that the Diocese of Portland had knowledge of multiple allegations of child sexual abuse against Fr. Vallely for decades but chose to conceal it. The case settled in 2016 for $1.2 million.

Fr. Vallely died in 1997.

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Fr. Armand Thibault – Diocese of Portland

Father Armand Thibault

Diocese of Portland (Marist) 

Armand Thibault Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1985

Ministry restricted: 1995

Privileges removed: 2002

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Michael’s College (Colchester, VT)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • 953-1955: Sacred Heart School for Boys (Sharon, MA)
  • 1956-1977: Brothers of the Sacred Heart African Missions (Lesotho and Zambia, Africa)
  • St. Ann (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1985-1987: St. Joseph (Haverhill, MA)
  • 1987-1991: Immaculate Conception (Westerly, RI)
  • 1991-1992: St. Bruno-St. Remi (Van Buren, ME)
  • 1991-1992: St. Rose (Van Buren, ME)
  • 1995-2009: Our Lady of Victories “in residence” (Boston, MA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Armand Thibault:

Fr. Armand Thibault (a/k/a Br. Raymond) entered the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1946. He professed his final vows in 1950 and spent most of his time as a brother serving missions in Africa. In 1982, Thibault entered the Marist order. He was ordained a priest in 1985, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland.

According to media reportsFr. Thibault was accused of fondling a 13-year-old boy scout at a church-owned lakeside cabin in 1992. Thibault spent the night at the cabin with two scouts after completing renovations at the camp. Following the incident, the victim’s parents brought the allegation to Bishop Proulx and Thibault’s Marist superior. Fr. Thibault was removed from his assignment at St. Bruno-St. Remi Parish.

In 1993, The State of Maine indicted Fr. Thibault on the following charges: unlawful sexual contact with a child under 14 and endangering the welfare of a minor by providing beer. Later that year, Thibault was found not guilty on the first charge. He plead no contest to the second charge. He then spent two years in treatment at the New Life Center in VA and was barred from parish ministry. In January of 2002, Fr. Thibault was removed from “any and all public ministry.”

Fr. Armand Thibault died in 2012.

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Fr. John Shorty – Diocese of Portland

Father John Shorty

Diocese of Portland

John Shorty Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Placed on leave: 1994

Laicized: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Rosary (Caribou, ME)
  • St. Patrick (Portland, ME)
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea (Stonington, ME)
  • St. Mary (Augusta, ME)
  • St. Francis of Assisi (Belfast, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Shorty:

Fr. John Shorty was ordained a priest in 1975, who served multiple parishes in Caribou, Portland, Stonington and Augusta in the Diocese of PortlandHe was Youth Director and Moderator of the Diocesan CYO and Chaplain at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. According to media reports, he was placed on leave in 1994 following an allegation of child sexual abuse in 1976-1981. The alleged abuse took place in Caribou and Portland. The Diocese of Portland did not release information regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged abuse. When he was removed, parishioners at St. Mary were told he was leaving due to stress.

The Vatican laicized Fr. Shorty in 2006. He does not receive a pension or health care benefits from the church and is prohibited from celebrating Mass. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Lawrence Sabatino – Diocese of Portland

Father Lawrence Sabatino

Diocese of Portland

Lawrence Sabatino Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955: Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (Portland, ME)
  • 1955-1956: St. Martin of Tours (Millinocket, ME)
  • 1956-1958: St. Patrick (Lewiston, ME)
  • St. Dominic (Portland, ME)
  • 1958-1970: St. Peter (Portland, ME)
  • 1970-1974: St. Joseph (Brewer, ME)
  • 1974-1978: St. Francis Xavier (Brownville Junction, ME)
  • 1978-1990: St. Agnes (Pittsfield, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Lawrence Sabatino:

Fr. Lawrence Sabatino served the Diocese of Portland for 35 years. At least fourteen women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Sabatino. According to a statement by a diocese spokesperson, Sabatino is the only known case in which a Maine priest continued to sexually assault children after being reported to the Diocese of Portland.

According to media reports, the first known report of child sexual abuse against Sabatino was reported in 1958. The alleged victim was a 6-year-old female student at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Lewiston. According to statements obtained from the victim and her family, Fr. Sabatino removed the victim and her brother (2 years older than the victim) from school and took them for a drive to the Thom Craig Bird Sanctuary. Sabatino sent the brother away from the car to pick berries. When the brother returned, he found his six-year-old sister on the hood of Sabatino’s car. Sabatino was kissing her, and she was trying to push him away. The girl’s brother told Sabatino to leave his sister alone.

The next time Sabatino removed the alleged victim from school, he did not take the girl’s brother. When the brother realized that Sabatino had taken his sister from the school, he went home and told his mother. When the mother arrived at the school, she found her daughter crouched down on the floor of Sabatino’s automobile beneath the dashboard. The mother then took her daughter to the doctor’s office. The doctor found that the girl had vaginal bruising and swelling. The mother then reported the suspected abuse and the doctor’s findings to the Lewiston police. The police took no action, and an officer told the mother that she would have to report the abuse to Bishop Daniel Feeney. When the family went to the bishop’s office the next day, they were told that Fr. Sabatino would be monitored and kept away from children. The Diocese of Portland then transferred Sabatino to St. Peter in Portland.

Once established at St. Peter, Sabatino began inviting young girls to an after-school program called Sodality where he would abuse them. According to documents released by the Maine Attorney General’s Office in 2005, Fr. Sabatino is accused of abusing twelve more minor females while he was assigned to St. Peter, between 1958-1970. The alleged victims range in age from 6-17. Many of the victims reported being abused during games of hide and seek in the basement of the parish hall. Fr. Sabatino would pick one girl to hide with him and abuse her when they were alone. Alleged victims were also abused on field trips to the woods and to the beach. The victims report similar patterns of abuse: touching, rubbing, grinding, and in some instances, digital penetration.

According to media reports, in March 2002, the Diocese of Portland received an allegation of child sexual abuse in 1972 against Fr. Sabatino. The alleged victim was a female minor between 7-8 years-old, and the alleged abuse occurred when Fr. Sabatino was assigned to St. Joseph in Brewer, ME. The Diocese of Portland did not provide details regarding the nature of the alleged abuse.

Fr. Lawrence Sabatino died in 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Christian Roy – Diocese of Portland

Father Christian Roy

Diocese of Portland

Christian Roy Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Laicized: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1976: St. Augustine (Augusta, ME)
  • 1976-1979: St. Joseph (Biddeford, ME)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius Martyr (Sanford, ME)
  • 1979-1981: St. Thomas School (Sanford, ME)
  • 1981-1986: Holy Family (Lewiston, ME)
  • 1981-1993: Diocesan Catholic Scouting (Diocese of Portland)
  • 1986-1991: St. Bernard (Rockland, ME)
  • 1986-1991: St. James (Thomaston, ME)
  • 1987-1991: St. Michael (Station Waldoboro, ME)
  • 1987-1991: Maine State Prison (Thomaston, ME)
  • 1991-1993: St. Francis of Assisi (Belfast, ME)
  • 1991-1993: St Mary of the Isles (Islesboro, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Christian Roy:

Fr. Christian Roy was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. He was chaplain for the Diocese’s scouting program and a part-time prison chaplain at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston. According to media reports, in 1993, Fr. Roy was removed from active ministry after an allegation surfaced that he had sexually abused a minor form 1983-1990. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Portland. The diocese substantiated the allegations, and Fr. Roy was never allowed to serve as a priest again.

In 1994, a woman sued Fr. Roy and the Diocese of Portland alleging that Fr. Roy began a homosexual relationship with her husband while the couple was seeing Fr. Roy for marital counseling at St. Francis of Assisi in 1992. According to the suit, Fr. Roy hired the woman’s husband as a janitor at St. Francis while the couple was in counseling and then stole the husband’s affections. The couple divorced in 1993.

A Maine State Prison inmate serving a 60-year sentence for the murder of his grandfather, reportedly  filed a suit against the Diocese of Portland in 2016 alleging that Fr. Roy sexually abused him from 1979-1982. At the time of the abuse, the victim was living with his grandparents. The abuse occurred in multiple locations including during outings to Red Sox baseball games at Fenway Park in Boston.

According to the alleged victim, after the games Fr. Roy sometimes took him to the home of another priest, Fr. Lauzon, where both priests sexually assaulted him. The suit also alleges that Fr. Roy sexually abused the victim between 1987-1991 when the victim was imprisoned for his grandfather’s murder and Fr. Christian Roy was assigned to the Maine State Prison as a part-time chaplain.

The Vatican laicized Fr. Christian Roy in 2006. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Joseph Romani – Diocese of Portland

Father Joseph Romani

Diocese of Portland

Joseph Romani Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1934

Retired: 1983

Died: 200

Assigned as follows:

  • Don Bosco College (Newton, NJ)
  • St. Peter (Portland, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Romani:

Fr. Joseph Romani, a native from Italy, came to the United States in 1924 and entered the Novitiate of the Salesians in New Rochelle, NY. He was ordained a priest in 1934 in California and served there and in New Jersey before transferring to Maine to serve in the Diocese of Portland in 1945.

According to documents released by the Maine Attorney General’s Office in 2002, the Diocese of Portland received three allegations of sexual abuse in the 1950’s-1960’s against Fr. Romani. One victim was 5 years old when she claims she was abused my Romani. The victim alleges that Romani took her to a yard behind the church where he would force her to stroke his penis. She also recalls that Romani penetrated her with his finger. The alleged abuse occurred prior to 1965.

Another victim was 6 years old when she claims she was sexually abused by Romani. In 1957, alleged victim was in the hospital for an appendectomy when Fr. Romani came to visit her. While there he took her to another room where he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The third victim alleges that Fr. Romani began abusing her after he baptized her in 1959. The alleged abuse, which included repeated incidents of inappropriate touching and harassment, occurred when the victim was an adult.

Fr. Romani died in 2001 at the age of 93.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Marcel Robitaille – Diocese of Portland

Father Marcel Robitaille

Diocese of Portland

Marcel Robitaille Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Francis of Assisi (Belfast, ME)
  • 1968-1970: Holy Family (Lewiston, ME)
  • St. Peter (Bingham, ME)
  • St. Anne (Dexter, ME)
  • St. John the Baptist (Winslow, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Marcel Robitaille:

Fr. Marcel Robitaille was ordained a priest in 1964, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of PortlandAccording to media reports, the diocese began receiving complaints about Fr. Robitaille in 1986. He was sent to treatment for five months, and returned to St. Anne in Dexter upon completion.

In 1993, a civil lawsuit was filed against Fr. Robitaille by his family. According to the suit, Robitaille sexually abused his two younger brothers and a cousin from 1959-1988. In a written statement, Fr. Robitaille admitted to having sexual relations with his younger brothers from the early 1960’s-1988. The family reached a confidential settlement with Fr. Robitaille. The family also filed a civil suit against the Diocese of Portland in 2002. The judge dismissed the case against the diocese citing that the abuse occurred through family relationships and not through Robitaille’s service as a priest.

The Diocese of Portland received an allegation of sexual abuse in 1972 against Robitaille in 1997. The alleged victim was not a member of Robitaille’s family. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Portland.

In 2008, the Vatican assigned Fr. Marcel Robitaille to a life of prayer and penance.

His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Michael Plourde – Diocese of Portland

Father Michael Plourde

Diocese of Portland

Michael Plourde Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976

Removed from ministry: 1994

Laicized: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1978: St. Joseph (Biddeford, ME)
  • 1978-1983: St. Hyacinth (Westbrook, ME)
  • 1983-1986: St. Joseph (Biddeford, ME)
  • 1986-1990: St. Agatha (St. Agatha, ME)
  • 1986-1990: St. Michael’s Chapel (Madawaska, ME)
  • 1989-1990: St. Joseph (Sinclair, ME)
  • 1989-1990: St. Eutrope (Guerrette, ME)
  • 1990-1992: St. Mary (Augusta, ME)
  • 1992-1993: St. John the Baptist (Winslow, ME)
  • 1993-1994: St. Joseph (Gardiner, ME)
  • 1993-1994: Lay Chaplain at Augusta Mental Health Institute (Augusta, ME)
  • Holy Cross (Lewiston, ME)
  • Holy Family (Daigle, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Michael Plourde:

Fr. Michael Plourde was ordained a priest in 1976, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. According to media reports, in 2007, he was sent for treatment in 1989 after he was found to have engaged in inappropriate conduct with an adult. He returned to active ministry following treatment.

In 1994, the Diocese of Portland received an allegation that Fr. Plourde sexually abused two minor boys in the 1970’s. The alleged abuse occurred when the priest was assigned to St. Joseph in Biddeford. Information regarding the nature of the alleged sexual abuse and the ages of the victims was not provided by the Diocese of Portland. Fr. Plourde was removed from active ministry following this allegation.

The Diocese of Portland received two additional complaints in 1996 and 2002 against Plourde for offenses that took place prior to Plourde’s removal. The diocese did not provide any details regarding these allegations.

Fr. Plourde was laicized in 2008. His last known address was in Biddeford, ME.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Rosario Ouellette – Diocese of Portland

Father Rosario Ouellette

Diocese of Portland

Rosario Ouellette Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1929

Died: 1969

Assigned as follows:

  • Cheverus High School (Portland, ME)
  • Sacred Heart (Portland, ME)
  • Holy Family (Sanford, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Rosario Ouellette:

Fr. Rosario Ouellette was ordained a priest in 1929, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland for 40 years. In 1939, he was appointed as State Director for the Propagation of the Faith. According to media reports, in 2004, the Diocese of Portland reported to the Maine Attorney General’s Office that it had recently received a phone call from a man who alleged Fr. Ouellette sexually abused him in the early 1930’s when he was an altar boy at Sacred Heart in Portland. According to the alleged victim, a middle school student when the abuse began, Fr. Ouellette molested him in the sacristy after mass. The victim also alleged the priest molested him at Camp Gregory, a Catholic boys’ summer camp in Gray, ME. The alleged abuse continued over the course of several years.

Fr. Ouellette retired in 1969 and died in a car accident one month later.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Ronald Michaud – Diocese of Portland

Father Ronald Michaud

Diocese of Portland

Ronald Michaud Diocese of Portland Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Removed: 1989

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1976: St. Ann (Hagerstown, MD)
  • 1977-1978: St. Rose of Lima (Gaithersburg, MD)
  • St. Ignatius (Sanford, ME)
  • St. Andre (Biddeford, ME)
  • St. Hyacinth (Westbrook, ME)
  • St. Joseph (Sinclair, ME)
  • Holy Family (Daigle, ME

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Ronald Michaud:

Fr. Ronald Michaud, a native of Maine, was ordained for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1973, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of PortlandAccording to media reports, in 1979 a man reported to the Archdiocese of Baltimore that he had been sexually abused by Fr. Michaud in the mid-1970’s. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Fr. Michaud was transferred to the Diocese of Portland In 1979.

In 1989, a man contacted the Archdiocese of Baltimore with an allegation of sexual abuse in 1973 against Fr. Ronald Michaud. The Archdiocese notified the Diocese of Portland, where Michaud was assigned. Fr. Michaud was placed on leave and sent for treatment. Information regarding the victim’s age and the nature of the alleged abuse was not released by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The Diocese of Portland publicly named Fr. Ronald Michaud as a priest accused of sexual abuse of children in 2007. Bishop Malone referred the case to the Vatican and recommended that Fr. Michaud be laicized.

In 2007, a former altar boy from St. Hyacinth’s Church in Westbrook sued Fr. Ronald Michaud and Bishop Malone alleging sexual abuse in 1985 against Fr. Michaud. The alleged victim was 16 years old when Fr. Michaud began abusing him. The alleged abuse started with kissing and fondling and progressed to Fr. Michaud forcing himself on the victim after serving him alcohol. The suit also alleges that the Diocese of Portland was aware of other allegations of sexual abuse but continued to reassign Michaud to other parishes. The judge awarded the victim $4.4 million against Fr. Ronald Michaud who had no assets. The victim settled with the Diocese of Portland for an undisclosed amount.

The current whereabouts of Fr. Ronald Michaud are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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