A Waterville priest from was removed from the St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, by Bishop Gregory John Mansour after a report of sexual abuse of a minor about 15 years ago in Connecticut was substantiated.

According to the Bangor Daily News, The Rev. Larry Jensen, 62, was removed from the church and may never again conduct Mass in public or present himself as a priest, but will take early retirement and receive a portion of his retirement benefits.

The alleged abuse victim, a male, “was close to 18 but not 18” when the alleged abuse occurred at the time Jensen was a priest at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Danbury, Connecticut.

Bishop Robert Deeley, head of the Maine diocese, encouraged anyone who may have information about any case of sexual abuse of a minor by a church representative to contact civil authorities.

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