He said it was important for the unnamed victim in the criminal case to know he’s not alone.
Paul Kendrick, a longtime victim advocate from Freeport, also attended and had a brief altercation with Talbot’s attorney after the hearing.
Talbot is one of two former priests facing criminal charges in Maine for past sexual assault or abuse involving children.
The other is Ronald Paquin, who faces 31 counts of sexual abuse in York County for crimes allegedly committed when he brought boys from Massachusetts to Maine in the late 1980s.
Talbot was fired from Cheverus about two months after the allegations were brought to the bishop. Criminal charges were never brought because the statute of limitations at the time has lapsed, but his case encouraged others to come forward and led to future claims and charges against Talbot.
Doherty, along with several members of his family, were in the courtroom Friday during Talbot’s brief appearance.
He was convicted of rape and assault with intent to rape in 2005 for abuse dating back to the 1970s and spent six years in prison.
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That opened the door to the charges against Talbot and Paquin.
Talbot has a lengthy history of alleged child sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s when he was a teacher at Boston College High School, and continuing while at Cheverus from 1980 to 1998.