Those cases revealed that at least 15 Diocese of Lafayette priests had been sexual offenders with minor children as victims. Michael Jarrell, Lafayette’s bishop in 2014, declined to name those priests, including seven who were then deceased.
The diocese said five others lived outside the diocese, three lived in the diocese but were no longer active priests.
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[with video] Accusations of sex crimes involving Roman Catholic priests and Acadiana children might date back some seven decades, court records reveal. He was sentenced in Calcasieu Parish court in May 2016 to two consecutive life sentences for aggravated rape and 50 additional years for other sexual abuse charges.
They also include two notorious court cases in the past few years. In recent months, USA Today Network reporters have reported on accusations involving 11 Catholic priests in Guam.
Many served in small Acadiana towns, including Gueydan, Baldwin, Evangeline, Eunice, Duson, Louisa, Leroy and Ville Platte.
A former altar boy there accused the archbishop in Guam of sexually abusing him in the 1970s, which has prompted other revelations.
In Louisiana, the local cases marked the tip of the iceberg for accusations involving local priests and children.
Some 500 images of children were found on his personal computer. Douglas Deshotel, bishop of Lafayette, placed him on administrative leave and he performs no priestly duties.
Broussard is not accused of sexual contact with children, but the former Breaux Bridge pastor, 51, was charged in July 2016 with 500 counts of possession of child pornography.