UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – A priest on leave from a Millville church has been charged with one count of indecent assault and battery.

Worcester District Attorney John Conte filed the criminal charge against the Rev. Jean-Paul Gagnon, who has been on leave from St. Augustine’s Parish since October 2002.

Gagnon will be arraigned May 17 in Uxbridge District Court, according to Conte’s office.

Gagnon allegedly assaulted the victim in Sutton in October 2002. Conte’s office did not identify Gagnon’s accuser, but described him as a man who was active in the Millville parish.

A phone number for Gagnon could not immediately be found Saturday, and he could not be reached for comment.

Gagnon, who came to St. Augustine’s in 1995, went on personal leave shortly after another man filed a lawsuit against him in September 2002, alleging that Gagnon abused him at Worcester’s Holy Name of Jesus parish in the 1980s when he was between the ages of 10 and 17.

The Diocese of Worcester placed Gagnon on administrative leave last July following its own investigation.

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