Despite insisting a year earlier that Rev. Ronald Paquin should leave the priesthood, Long Island Catholic Bishop William Murphy once recommended that the Boston area priest accused of molesting boys return to his ministry. Paquin, 59, was charged in May with raping a child. He began molesting the then 11 year old boy in 1989. He was removed from the ministry in 2000. Paquin was suspended from priestly duties for much of the 1990s, and the Boston Archdiocese paid more than $500,000 to settle six sex suits.

Paquin pleaded guilty to three counts of child-rape was sentenced to prison for 12 to 15 years on those charges and is prepared to testify against the Archdiocese of Boston in pending clergy sexual-abuse claims against the church.  He is the first Boston Archdiocese priest to admit guilt in a criminal chid assault case since the sex-abuse scandal rocked the Roman Catholic Church in January.  A lawyer for the convicted priest confirmed his client will be available to testify in pending civil cases against the archdiocese.

(Boston, Massachusetts)