Bishop Richard Malone had stopped short of releasing the names of several area priests accused of sexual abuse in the past.
He said he’d wait until the Vatican made an official judgement on whether the priests would be removed permanently. But now Malone says the process is taking too long, and he’s concerned that the accused priests might commit other crimes.
The newly identified priests include father George Beaudet, who served in Waterville, Skowhegan, East Millinocket, and Dexter. Frederick Carrigan, who served in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket, Hampden, and Winterport.
Michael Plourde, who worked in Augusta and Winslow. Peter Gorham, who served in Bangor and Ellsworth. And Francis Kane, who ministered in Dover-Foxcroft.