Father Marcel Robitaille
Diocese of Portland
Removed from ministry: 2002
Assigned as follows:
- St. Francis of Assisi (Belfast, ME)
- 1968-1970: Holy Family (Lewiston, ME)
- St. Peter (Bingham, ME)
- St. Anne (Dexter, ME)
- St. John the Baptist (Winslow, ME)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Marcel Robitaille:
Fr. Marcel Robitaille was ordained a priest in 1964, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. According to media reports, the diocese began receiving complaints about Fr. Robitaille in 1986. He was sent to treatment for five months, and returned to St. Anne in Dexter upon completion.
In 1993, a civil lawsuit was filed against Fr. Robitaille by his family. According to the suit, Robitaille sexually abused his two younger brothers and a cousin from 1959-1988. In a written statement, Fr. Robitaille admitted to having sexual relations with his younger brothers from the early 1960’s-1988. The family reached a confidential settlement with Fr. Robitaille. The family also filed a civil suit against the Diocese of Portland in 2002. The judge dismissed the case against the diocese citing that the abuse occurred through family relationships and not through Robitaille’s service as a priest.
The Diocese of Portland received an allegation of sexual abuse in 1972 against Robitaille in 1997. The alleged victim was not a member of Robitaille’s family. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Portland.
In 2008, the Vatican assigned Fr. Marcel Robitaille to a life of prayer and penance.
His current whereabouts are unknown.
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