Defrocked priest facing 31 counts of sex abuse in Maine pleads not guilty

Ronald Paquin

ALFRED, Maine (WGME/SBG) - A former Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy has been re-indicted on sexual abuse charges in Maine.

Ronald Paquin pleaded not guilty to all 31 new charges against him at an arraignment Thursday morning.

The 31 charges are for all gross sexual misconduct, and all crimes are alleged to have happened in the 1980s.

Paquin was a priest at St. John Baptist Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The alleged victims say Paquin would sexually abuse some of the young boys in the parish, some as young as 9-years-old.

In 2002, he was convicted of three counts of rape of a child in Massachusetts, and accused of molesting others. He spent 10 years in prison, and was only released two years ago.

Paquin is expected to appear in court around 8:30 a.m. at the York County Superior Courthouse.

The 74-year-old has been held at the York County Jail since he was arrested in February.

Paquin was defrocked in 2004.