Accused priest ordained in Maine dies in Texas

August 2, 2012 6:16:02 AM PDT
A Roman Catholic priest originally ordained in Maine before he was accused of groping a boy in Texas has died.

The Diocese of Portland announced Wednesday that 81-year-old Paul Clogan died Sunday in Austin, Texas.

The widowed Clogan was and ordained in Maine in 1999 at age 68 after raising a family in Texas. He was a hospital chaplain in Bangor and served at churches in Machias and Cherryfield. He returned to Texas in November 2000.

He was accused of groping a 16-year-old boy in a Marble Falls, Texas movie theater in 2005 and suspended by the dioceses of Portland and Austin.

Clogan's trial in 2008 ended in a mistrial. The Portland Diocese says a second trial was scheduled for March 2009, but was delayed several times and ultimately never occurred.