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    Defrocked Priest Appears in Maine Court on 29 Sex Counts
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    A former Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy has made an initial court appearance in Maine on 29 counts of sexual misconduct.

    Ronald Paquin appeared before a judge via video conference from jail on Friday. The 74-year-old is now accused of assaulting two boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport.

    Police say the boys were 11 and 14. Court documents indicate one of them was "substantially impaired" by drugs.

    Paquin was defrocked in 2004 and freed from jail in 2015. But now he is back in jail after being ordered held on $50,000 bail.

    Paquin's attorney, Heather Gonzales, declined to immediately comment.

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