Who was Richard Lavigne?
Richard Lavigne was a former Catholic priest who was reportedly named as the only suspect in the murder investigation of Croteau but was never charged. He died on May 21, as informed by Hampden District Attorney Anthony D Gulluni. The 13-year-old Danny Croteau was found dead along the Chicopee River in Springfield on April 15, 1972. He was bludgeoned to death. After almost five decades of the gruesome murder, the District Attorney says.
Hampden County DA identifies deceased former Catholic priest Richard R. Lavigne as killer in 1972 slaying of 13-year-old Danny Croteau
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 24, 2021
How old was Richard Lavigne?
Richard Lavigne was 80 years old at the time of death.
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Lavigne, a convicted child molester, was the prime and the only suspect in Croteau’s murder investigation for years.
His attorneys, though, repeatedly denied his involvement. Lavigne was a priest for Croteau’s parish and was a close aide of the family. Gulluni said that Lavigne came under the radar of suspicion because of the “inconsistent and unusual” statements he made after the murder and because they learned he had lied about the last time he saw Croteau. DNA tests failed to link Lavigne to the Croteau murder in 1994.
The Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett could not charge Lavigne in that case.
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Lavigne was convicted of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14, in 1992, according to the Sex Offender Registry Board.
He was even classified as a Level 3 sex offender and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and seven months of mandatory sex-offender counseling.
About 40 claims of sexual abuse of minors were placed against him.
Lavigne was defrocked in 2003.