February 23, 2005

Priest convicted of rape dies while in state prison

Union Leader

Union Leader Staff

A Roman Catholic priest convicted last year of raping three altar boys at a Dover parish decades ago died yesterday, nearly 10 months after he began serving a more than 40-year state prison term.

The Rev. Joseph T. Maguire, 73, died of natural causes at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin about 4:40 a.m., state corrections department spokesman Jeff Lyons said.

Maguire had been incarcerated at the medium-security Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin and was transferred to the hospital Monday, Lyons said.

Maguire admitted in court last year to sexually abusing two altar boys at St. Joseph parish in Dover in the 1970s and 1980s and pleaded guilty to assaulting a third boy during the same period.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 07:10 AM