March 14, 2006

Church organist suspended after abuse report

Morning Sentinel

Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- A long-time organist for the Parish of the Holy Spirit has been accused of sexually abusing a minor about 35 years ago.

In response to that allegation, authorities from Maine's Roman Catholic Church have suspended Toni Breton, a Waterville resident, from her volunteer duties while the church conducts an investigation, according to Sue Bernard, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Portland.

Bernard said the diocese determined the accusation was credible and therefore took the next step of suspending the accused from her church duties and informing parishioners and the general public of the allegations.

The Diocese also informed civil authorities of the sexual abuse charge, she said.

Posted by kshaw at March 14, 2006 07:21 AM