Former Deacon accepts plea on child molestation charges
A former deacon at St. Joseph's School in West Warwick pleaded nolo contendere to three counts of second degree child molestation on Tuesday.
72-year-old Laurence Gagnon was sentenced to 10 years at the Adult Correctional Institute and 9 years suspended with probation for molesting three students. The terms will be served concurrently and Gagnon will have to register as a sex offender, undergo counseling and have no contact with the victims.
Initially Gagnon was charged with 14 counts of child molestation but 11 of the counts were dismissed by the state.