AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who claimed he was abused by a Roman Catholic priest in the 1980s has lost in his effort to hold the Diocese of Portland accountable.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a judgment against William Picher of Augusta, who contended the priest's supervisors knew he was an abuser but failed to intervene.
A judge previously ruled that the 39-year-old Picher failed to prove "fraudulent concealment" by the diocese. The state supreme court unanimously upheld the ruling, saying there was nothing in the record to prove the diocese was aware that the Rev. Raymond Melville sexually abused minors during the period in which Picher was abused.
Melville, who left the priesthood in 1997, was previously ordered to pay $4.2 million to Picher.
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