KENNEBUNKPORT (WGME) – A former Massachusetts priest convicted of raping an altar boy is now accused of abusing boys at his camp in Kennebunkport during the 1980s.
A grand jury indicted Ronald Paquin, 74, on 29 counts of gross sexual misconduct.
One of his accusers is speaking speaking out.
“It started small. I’d mow the law for the church, clean up after bingo.” Keith Townsend says he lived in a house next door to St. John the Baptist Church in Haverhill where Ronald Paquin was priest. He added “I remember.. The first time he touched me I was sitting on his lap driving his brand new Toyota Cressida, at eight years old.
He said touching eventually turned to rape. On weekends, Townsend said, Paquin would take him to a trailer he owned at a campground in Kennebunkport often other boys would join and they’d stop at a liquor store on the way.
According to court documents, it went on for almost three years in the late 1980s. But at the time Townsend kept quiet.
He said “A lot of guilt, a lot of anger, a lot of confusion so basically my entire life I’ve just drank and tried to bury this.”
In 2002, Paquin was convicted of three counts of rape of a child in Massachusetts and accused of molesting others. He spent ten years in prison and was released in 2015.
“Just such a pit in my stomach then it immediately went from disgust to absolute fear.” said Townsend. That’s when Townsend decided it was time to come forward.
His whole motivating factor besides keeping predator off street is all for the victims ; their stories have never been heard, they’ve never had a day in court. Some are still silenced.
On Tuesday, Paquin was indicted in York County on 29 counts gross sexual misconduct. 13 name Townsend as the victim 16 name another man.
CBS 13 reached out to the Boston Archdiocese for comment but did not hear back. Paquin couldn’t be reached.
“Whats it like to see that indictment come out? Relief, relief.” said Townsend.
Kennebunkport Police Detective David Breault said there’s still a long road ahead. He stated “Oh it’s very important especially for the victims, they’ve been living with this and dealing with this for a very long time, so we’re happy to be able to provide that peace for them hopefully.”
Townsend hopes Paquin will spend the rest of his life behind bars. he said “Somebody like that pure evil.”