Assignment Record – Rev. Raymond P. Melville

Summary of Case: Ordained a priest of the Portland, ME diocese in 1985, Melville has been accused of the sexual abuse of at least three boys. One accuser told Portland bishop Gerry in a 1990 letter that Melville sexually abused him from 1980-1985, beginning when he was 14 years-old and Melville was a seminarian, in Maryland. Melville was sent briefly to treatment, then returned to active ministry. He was accused in a 2001 lawsuit of sexually abusing an Augusta ME boy from 1985-1992, beginning when the boy was 13 years-old. In a 2007 lawsuit an Augusta man accused Melville of sexually abusing him over a three year period, beginning when he was 12 years-old in 1986. Melville left the priesthood in 1997 and is last known to be living in Oklahoma.

Ordained
: 1985


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1979

Baltimore archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989).

1985 St. Mary's Seminary and University Baltimore MD seminarian This assignment is per news reports.
early 1980s   Our Lady of Good Counsel

Locus Point

In a 1990 letter, a man told Bishop Gerry of Portland, ME that Melville sexually abused him from 1980 -1985, while Melville was a seminarian working at Our Lady of Good Counsel, and the man was a 14-year-old high school student.

MD seminarian

This assignment is per news reports.

 

1982 1983 University of Maryland Hospital Baltimore MD seminarian This assignment is per news reports.
summers, 1983 and 1984   St. Joseph's

Gardiner

The boy Melville is accused of having sexually abused in Maryland beginning in 1980 is said to have lived with the priest at St. Joseph's during the summers of 1983 and 1984.

ME seminarian This assignment is per news reports.

1985

Portland bishop was Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1974-1988), followed by Joseph John Gerr, O.S.B. (1988-2004).

1989 St. Mary's

Augusta

Melville was accused in a 2001 lawsuit of having sexually abused a St. Mary's school student and altar boy from 1985 -1992, beginning when the boy was 13 years-old.

In a 2007 lawsuit, Melville was accused of sexually abusing a male St. Mary's student over a three year period, beginning in 1986 when the boy was 12 years-old. Melville's accuser said the abuse occurred at the school and at a camp in central Maine that Melville owned. He said he was a small, skinny12 year-old who was bullied by other students. Melville 'befriended' him, and the abuse started soon after.

ME 2/2, 2/3 St. Mary's had a school with 258-233 students.
1985 1987 State Hospital Augusta ME   This was a station of St. Mary's.
1985 1987 Veteran's Administration Center Augusta ME    
1989 1990 St. Anasthasius-St. John Rumford ME 2/2 St. Anasthasius-St. John had a school with 180 students.
1989 1990 St. Mary's Chapel Roxbury Pond ME  

This was a mission of St. Anasthasius-St. John in Rumford.

A Baltimore man stated in his 1990 letter to Bishop Gerry reporting that Melville sexually abused him as a boy from 1980 -1985, "The possible tragedy of another young boy being a victim compels me to write this letter,". Gerry wrote him back that he would "address the matter vigorously and expeditiously."

Spring 1990     Golden Valley MN patient Melville was sent to a treatment facility , then reassigned.
1990 1992 St. Joseph's Lewiston ME 2/3, 2/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 208 students.
1992 1997 University of Maine at Michias Machias ME    
1992 1997 Holy Name of Jesus Machias ME 1/1 Holy Name of Jesus had a C.C.D. program with 80-70 students.
1992 1997 St. Michaels's Cherryfield ME  

This was a mission of Holy Name of Jesus in Machias.

Melville is not indexed beyond the 1997 Directory.

Machias left the priesthood in 1997. Known in 2007 to be living in Oklahoma.

 

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1986-1997)

Ex-Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse, Acts Involving Machias Man Allegedly Occurred Nearly 10 Years Ago, By Mary Anne Clancy
Bangor Daily News [Maine], July 18, 2001
Sidney Man Says He Was Abused by Priest, By Gregory D. Kesich, Local & State [Augusta], April 23, 2002
Special Reports: Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News June 12, 2002
Archdiocese Lists 6 Accused of Child Abuse; Suspended and Former Priests Were Trained at Baltimore Seminary, By John Rivera,
Baltimore Sun, August 21, 2002
More Allegations of Abuse at St. Mary's Probed; Maryland Prosecutors Investigate 2 Claims of Misconduct from Decades Ago, By Annie Gowen, Washington Post, August 22, 2002
Archdiocese's list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse, Baltimore Sun, September 26, 2002
Settlement Rejected in Church Sex-Abuse Case, By Gregory D. Kesich, , Portland Press Herald [Portland ME], June 3, 2003
Gerry issues statistics on abuse cases, By Gregory D. Kesich, Portland Press Herald, February 13, 2004
Memo a 'Smoking Gun' in Church Sex Abuse Case, By Gregory D. Kesich , Portland Press Herald [Maine], July 16, 2004
Victim Has Control This Time, By Bill Nemitz , Portland Press Herald [Maine] , May 8, 2005
Diocese Reaches Settlement in Priest Abuse Claim, Associated Press, carried in Boston.com [Portland ME] , August 16, 2005
Diocese Settles Priest Abuse Claim, By Trevor Maxwell , Portland Press Herald [Portland ME] , August 17, 2005
Bishop Names Accused Priests, By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News [Bangor ME], January 29, 2007
Bishop Richard Malone's Statement Regarding Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse, keepMEcurrent [Maine], January 29, 2007
Portland Diocese Facing Another Priest Abuse Lawsuit, WCSH [Maine], February 21, 2007
Lawsuit against Priest Puts Blame on Diocese, By Gregory D. Kesich, Portland Press Herald [Maine], February 22, 2007
Activists Seek Prey of Priests, By Betty Adams, Kennebec Journal [Augusta MA], March 1, 2007
New Lawsuit Filed against Diocese, WMTW, November 15, 2007
Church Sex Suit Widens, By Trevor Maxwell, Kennebec Journal, November 16, 2007
Suit Tries New Tactic on Clergy Sex Abuse, By Trevor Maxwell, Portland Press Herald, November 16, 2007
Man Wins Millions in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against Former Priest, By Rhonda Erskine, WCSH6-TV, January 28, 2008
Priest Must Pay in Sex Case, By Betty Adams, Kennebec Journal, January 29, 2008
Sex-Abuse Liability Case Sent to State's Top Court, By Betty Adams, Portland Press Herald, August 6, 2008
Diocese Abuse Case Can Go Forward, By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, July 8, 2009
Justices to Hear Appeals in Manslaughter, Clergy Abuse Cases in Bangor, By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, June 10, 2013
Supreme Court Justices Consider What Bishop Knew, When He Knew It in Priest Abuse Case, By Judy Harrison, Bandgor Daily News, June 11, 2013
State Supreme Court Hears Case Alleging Priest Sex Abuse, By Scott Dolan, Portland Press Herald, June 11, 2013
Supreme court rules against Augusta man in his suit against Catholic diocese over priest abuse, By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, November 12, 2013.

 

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 18, 2013