AFTER SERVING TIME IN PRISON FOR CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT, PRIEST ARRESTED AGAIN ON SIMILAR CHARGES

Boston police and US Marshals arrested a former Catholic priest, who served more than 10 years in prison for raping an altar boy, in Jamaica Plain on Wednesday, following his indictment Tuesday in Maine on 29 new counts of sexual misconduct.

Ronald H. Paquin, 74, was taken into custody without incident in the area of Lemuel Shattuck Hospital around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at the request of the Kennebunkport Police Department in Maine, which had issued an arrest warrant for him that day, Boston Police said.

Before Paquin was defrocked in 2004, he served in the Boston archdiocese at parishes in Haverhill and Methuen, and the new charges stem from his alleged abuse of two boys dating back to when he was a priest in Massachusetts.

He is accused of abusing the two boys in Kennebunkport between 1985 and 1989, York District Attorney Kathryn Slattery said. One of the boys was younger than 14, according to court documents; the age of the other boy was not immediately available.

An attorney who has represented Paquin in the past could not immediately be reached for comment.

In 2002, Paquin pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to three counts of child rape involving a boy from Haverhill, from 1989 to 1992, while he was an associate pastor of St. John the Baptist Church there. The boy was 12 when the abuse began.

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