Louisiana Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Louisiana’s current criminal statute of limitations (SOL) provides a much longer period of time for law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute sex abuse offenders than it does for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to pursue civil justice. However, potential new legislation has passed in the Legislative Committee and is now on its way to the Louisiana State Legislature House of Representatives. This new legislation would raise the current civil SOL to age 53 and eliminate it altogether against perpetrators who have been convicted of abuse. Civil SOL laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in Louisiana to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find Louisiana lawsuits news & updates, as well as additional information on Louisiana’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Louisiana sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Louisiana settlements received by sexual abuse and a list of Louisiana’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Louisiana’s Dioceses.
Louisiana Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Louisiana’s criminal statute of limitations (SOL) laws are much better suited to helping survivors of sexual abuse receive criminal justice rather than civil justice. Currently, the criminal SOL for most felony sex offenses is twenty years longer than the civil SOL. However, there is potentially some hope on the horizon as a bill which would extend the civil SOL for childhood sexual abuse victims to age 53 and eliminate the civil SOL against perpetrators who have been convicted of abuse was just passed in the Legislative Committee and is now on its way to the Louisiana State Legislature House of Representatives.
Criminal Statute of Limitation Laws for Louisiana
In Louisiana, there is no criminal SOL for aggravated and forcible rape. The criminal SOL for most felony sex offenses against minors is age 48 and for misdemeanors it is two years from the offense. Louisiana does have a DNA evidence rule which allows felony and misdemeanor sex offenses to be prosecuted 3 years after the offender is identified by DNA. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on its criminal statute of limitations laws, gave Louisiana a Criminal SOL score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as a criminal SOL elimination for some/all felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitation Laws for Louisiana
In Louisiana, the current civil SOL for child sex abuse claims is age 28. There is a common law discovery rule which tolls the SOL for victims of child sex abuse for 10 years from “the date the individual knows or should have known of the injury or damage sustained.” Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on its civil statute of limitation laws, gave Louisiana a Civil SOL Age Cap score of 2, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 2 is defined as a civil SOL age cap of age 26-34.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Louisiana, contact us now. Due to Louisiana’s pending legislation, those sexually abused as a minor may still have a claim against their abuser, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. Even if the abuser is deceased, you may still have a claim against the organization responsible.
To learn more about the process of filing a sexual abuse claim, click here.
Louisiana Sexual Abuse Settlements
February 1986 – A jury awarded an 11-year-old boy and his parents $1.25 million for the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Rev. Gilbert Gauthe. The boy’s parents said sexual abuse by the priest caused him to have severe emotional problems. Prior to the civil lawsuit, Gauthe pleaded guilty to 33 counts of sexual molestation of altar boys and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
December 1987 – The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette was ordered by a jury to pay $1.8 million to the family of a former altar boy who was sexually molested by Rev. Gilbert Gauthe. The boy told the jury he was sexually abused more than 30 times when he was an altar boy at St. John’s Catholic Church in Henry, LA.
1983-1990 – During this time, the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette and its insurers paid out more than $18 million to 34 victims of Rev. Gilbert Gauthe. Despite being sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1985, Gauthe was released in 1995 for good behavior. He was then arrested in 1996 in Texas for forcibly fondling a 3-year-old boy.
The settlements listed above are offered for educational purposes only and do not guarantee any future outcome or settlement. Each legal situation is different, and past performance does not guarantee future results. We do not maintain that is a full list of all settlements in the state of [State] but merely a grouping of those we choose to share on our website. Please contact us if you would like additional settlements included or if you notice any inaccuracies on our site. We strive to provide our viewers the most up to date and accurate information as possible.
Louisiana Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Louisiana have released the names of priests and clergy members who they deemed to be ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse of a child.
The lists below will be updated as litigation or investigations are concluded so that new names of credibly accused priests in Louisiana can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of New Orleans Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Alexandria Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Baton Rouge Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Lafayette Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Lake Charles Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of New Orleans Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||First Name||Last Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy status||Diocese/ Order||Assignments|
|1||George||Brignac||1976||Deceased 2020||Diocese of New Orleans (deacon)||Cabrini High School, New Orleans; Our Lady of the Rosary, New Orleans; St. Frances Cabrini School, New Orleans; St. Louise de Marillac School, Arabi; St. Matthew the Apostle School, River Ridge|
|2||Paul||Calamari||1980||Removed from ministry 2003||Diocese of New Orleans||Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Belle Chasse; Our Lady of the Rosary, New Orleans, in residence; St. Stanislaus School, Bay St. Louis, MS; St. Raphael, New Orleans; St. Rita, New Orleans, in residence; Holy Cross Church, Dover, DE; St. Mary of the Assumption, Hockenin, DE; St. Peter the Apostle, New Castle, DE|
|3||Michael||Farino||1969||Removed from ministry 1990||Diocese of New Orleans||Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Chalmette; St. Benilde, Metairie; St. Maurice, New Orleans|
|4||Michael||Fraser||1975||Deceased 2019||Diocese of New Orleans||Sts. Peter and Paul, Pearl River; St. Raphael the Archangel, New Orleans; St. Rita Church, New Orleans; The Visitation of Our Lady, Marrero|
|5||Lloyd||Glapion||1976||Retired from ministry 1999||Diocese of New Orleans (deacon)||St. Augustine Church, New Orleans|
|6||Thomas Gaspard||Glasgow||1969||Removed from ministry 2008||Diocese of New Orleans||Mater Dolorosa, New Orleans; St. Brigid, New Orleans; St. Gabriel, New Orleans; St. James Major, New Orleans; St. John the Baptist, Edgard; St. Philip the Apostle, New Orleans; St. Simon Peter, New Orleans|
|7||Lawrence||Hecker||1958||Removed from ministry 2002||Diocese of New Orleans||Christ the King, Terrytown; Holy Family, Luling; Holy Rosary, New Orleans; Our Lady of Lourdes, New Orleans; St. Anthony, Luling; St. Bernadette, Houma; St. Charles Borromeo, in residence; St. Frances Cabrini, New Orleans; St. Francis Xavier, Metairie; St. Joseph, Gretna|
|8||Henry Brian||Highfill||1974||Removed from ministry 2018||Diocese of New Orleans||Our Lady of the Rosary, New Orleans; St. Ann, Metairie; St. Catherine of Siena, Metairie; St. Edward the Confessor, Metairie; St. Francis de Sales, Houma; St. Francis Xavier, Metairie; Archdiocese for the Military; Diocese of Las Vegas|
|9||Gerard||Howell||1964||Removed from ministry 1992||Diocese of New Orleans||Holy Trinity, New Orleans; Mater Dolorosa, New Orleans; Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego; Prince of Peace, Chalmette; St. Gerard, New Orleans; St. Henry, New Orleans; St. Lawrence the Martyr, Kenner; Sts. Peter and Paul, New Orleans; St. Pius X, Baton Rouge|
|10||Patrick||Keane||1973||Removed from ministry 1995||Diocese of New Orleans||Holy Family, Luling; St. Anselm, Madisonville; St. Catherine of Siena, Metairie; St. Cecilia, New Orleans; St. Edward the Confessor, Metairie; St. Mary Magdalen, Metairie|
Diocese of Alexandria Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocease/ Order|
|1||Jones||Raymond M.||Left Diocese||Diocese of Alexandria (deacon)|
|2||Rogers||Donald||Laicized 1974||Diocese of Alexandria|
|3||Sepsi||Victor||Left Active ministry 1967||Diocese of Alexandria|
|4||Boyer||Gielse||Deceased 1988||Diocese of Alexandria|
|5||Viviano||Nino||Deceased 2020||Diocese of Alexandria|
|6||Lelieveld||Theordore||Deceased 1976||Diocese of Alexandria|
|7||Robitaille||Yves||Deceased 1998||Diocese of Alexandria|
|8||Molenschot||Adrian||Deceased 1994||Diocese of Alexandria|
|9||Lyons||Frederick||Deceased 2019||Diocese of Alexandria|
|10||Allen||Edward Terry||Deceased 2018||Diocese of Alexandria|
Diocese of Baton Rouge Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Diocease/ Order||Clergy Status||Assignments||# of Victims|
|1||Berube||John Joseph||1953||Missionaries of Our Lady of Salette||Deceased 1998||St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA||1+|
|2||Biggers||Clarence Joseph||1950||Marist Fathers||Deceased 2009||St. Joseph, Paulina, LA||1+|
|3||Brady||Daniel Patrick||1948||Dominican Order||Deceased 1999||Holy Ghost, Hammond, LA||1|
|4||Camenzuli||Carmelo Ignatius||1966||Extern Diocesan Priest for the Archdiocese of Arequipa, Peru||Deceased 1998||St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA; St. Mark, Gonzales, LA||1|
|5||Chaloux||David William||1972||Diocese of Baton Rouge||Deceased 1990||Chaplain at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison; St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge, LA; Chaplain at LA State Penitentiary, Angola, LA; Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baton Rouge, LA (In Residence); St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA; St. John the Evangelist, Plaquemine, LA; St. Joan of Arc, Bayou Pigeon, LA; St. John the Baptist, Brusly, LA||1|
|6||Clark||David Joseph||1954||Claretian Missionaries||Deceased 2000s||Queen of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Prescott, AZ; All Saints, Ft. Worth, TX; Immaculate Conception, Yuma, AZ; Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria, LA; St. Joseph, Monroe, LA; St. Anthony, Cottonport, LA; St. Joseph, Marksville, LA; St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA||1|
|7||Clement||James Preston||1945||Diocese of Baton Rouge||Deceased 2001||St. John the Baptist, Edgard, LA; St. Francis de Sales, Houma, LA; St. Joseph, Grosse Tete, LA; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA; St. Patrick, Baton Rouge, LA||1+|
|8||Coyne||John||1941||Josephite Fathers||Deceased 1981||St. Augustine, New Roads, LA||1|
|9||Drinan||Daniel Michael||1977||Claretian Missionaries||Removed from ministry||Christ the King, Baton Rouge, LA||1|
|10||Fontenot||Bryan James||1981||Dominican Order||Removed from ministry||St. Joseph, Ponchatoula, LA; Holy Ghost, Hammond, LA||1+|
Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/ Order||Assignments|
|1||Lawrence||Cavell||1989||Priestly faculties removed||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City, Sacred Heart in Montegut, Saint Francis de Sales in Houma, Saint Genevieve in Thibodaux, and Saint Mary in Raceland|
|2||Alexander||Francisco||1979||Priestly faculties removed||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City, Saint Bernadette in Houma, Saint Bridget in Schriever, Saint Joseph in Thibodaux, and Saint Thomas Aquinas in Thibodaux|
|3||Dale||Guidry||1982||Deceased 2013||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City and Saint Joseph in Galliano|
|4||Patrick||Kujawa||1996||Priestly faculties removed||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City and Saint Francis de Sales in Houma|
|5||Robert||Melancon||1962||Deceased 2018||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Annunziata in Houma, Sacred Heart in Cut Off, and Saint Genevieve in Thibodaux|
|6||Carlos||Melendez||Priestly faculties removed||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served in Diocesan Hispanic Ministry|
|7||Etienne||LeBlanc||1971||Deceased 2019||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Annunziata in Houma, Holy Cross in Morgan City, Holy Family in Dulac, Saint Eloi in Theriot, Sacred Heart in Cut Off, Saint Hilary in Mathews, and Saint Thomas Aquinas in Thibodaux|
|8||Gerald||Prinz||1968||Priestly faculties removed||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Saint Francis de Sales in Houma, Saint Gregory in Houma, and Saint Louis in Bayou Blue|
|9||Bernard||Schmaltz||1973||Deceased 2010||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Served at Annunziata in Houma|
|10||Claude||Boudreaux||1955||Deceased 2016||Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux||Jesuit priest who offered weekend assistance in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux|
Diocese of Lafayette Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Alexander||Joseph||1973||Removed from ministry 2002||St. Mark Priory, Union, Kentucky Our Lady of Wisdom, Lafayette Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette; St. Thomas More High School, Lafayette St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice|
|2||Arceneaux||Jules||1990||Removed from ministry 2004||Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Church Point St. Thomas More, Eunice; St. Joseph, Rayne; St. Francis Regis and St. Catherine, Arnaudville|
|3||Arul||Susai||1957||Deceased 2002||Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ville Platte St. Catherine, Leonville; St. Jules, Prairie Laurent St. Leo the Great, Lafayette|
|4||Begnaud||Stanley||1958||Deceased 1985||St. Peter the Apostle, Gueydan St. Joseph, Rayne; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia St. Stephen, Berwick; Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas; St. Margaret of Scotland, Lake Charles; St. Edward, Richard, and St. Thomas, Savoy Sts. Peter and Paul, Scott; St. Leo IV, Roberts Cove; Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette|
|5||Benedict||Michael||Deceased 1998||Immaculate Conception, Lake Charles St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville; Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Oakdale; St. Margaret of Scotland, Lake Charles St. Peter, New Iberia; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mire Most Holy Sacrament Convent, Lafayette|
|6||Broussard||David||1993||Removed from ministry 2016||St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas; St. Joseph, Iota and St. Michael, Egan Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan; St. Joseph, Evangeline, and St. Jules, Petit Mamou St. Bernard, Breaux Bridge|
|7||Chachere||J. richard||1965||Deceased 2012||Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville; St. Anne, Youngsville|
|8||Coupar||David anderson||1980||Resigned 1994||Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Abbeville St. Leo the Great, Leonville; St. Anthony of Padua, Krotz Springs Our Lady of Victory, Loreauville Catholic High, New Iberia; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Leroy|
|9||De launay||Herbert||1975||Removed from ministry 1999||Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan; Our Lady Queen of All Saints, Ville Platte Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Church Point St. John the Baptist, Lyons Point American Legion Hospital, Crowley; St. Ann, Mamou; Our Lady of Holy Rosary, Kaplan St. Andrew, Plaisance; St. Peter, Carencro; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia St. Bernadette, Bayou Vista|
|10||Deleeuw||John||1944||Deceased 2015||St. Martin de Tours, St. Martinville St. Genevieve, Lafayette; St. Jules, Lafayette; Charity Hospital, Lafayette St. Eugene, Grand Chenier St. Leo the Great, Lafayette|
Diocese of Lake Charles Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||First Name||Last Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/ Order||Assignments|
|1||Juan||Alers||Deceased 2011||Diocese of Lake Charles||Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Help of Christians, Jennings; Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Oakdale; Chaplain, Torrance County Detention Center, New Mexico|
|2||Mark||Broussard||Incarcerated 2016||Diocese of Lake Charles||Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles; In residence, Saint Henry, Lake Charles; Chaplain, Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles; Pastor, Saint Eugene, Grand Chenier|
|3||Gerard (Gerald)||Smit||Life of prayer and penance 2013||Diocese of Lake Charles||Parochial Vicar, Saint Joseph, Iota; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles; Parochial Vicar, Saint Ann, Youngsville; Temporary Administrator, Our Lady of the Assumption, Bosco; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chataignier; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles; Administrator, Saint John Berchman, Cankton; Pastor, Saint John Berchman, Cankton; Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur; Pastor, Saint Raphael, Iowa|
|4||Charles||Soileau||Deceased 2011||Diocese of Lake Charles||Parochial Vicar, Saint Peter, New Iberia; Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes, Erath; Pastor, Saint Eugene, Grand Chenier; Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur; Pastor, Saint Anthony, Eunice; Pastor, Sacred Heart, Oakdale; Pastor, Saint Lawrence, Hathaway; Pastor, Saint Joseph, Vinton|
|5||Kerry||Guillory||Prohibited from ministry||Conventual Friars||Pastoral Assistant, Our Lady of Perpetual Help|
|6||Brennan||Harris||Deceased 1993||Conventual Friar||Principal of Saint Maria Goretti High School, Lake Arthur|
|7||Gregory||Mosca||Deceased 2018||Olivetan Benedictines||Pastor, Saint Henry, Lake Charles|
|8||Edward||Normanmtowicz||Prohibited from ministry||LaSalette Missionaries||Pastoral Assistant, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Sulphur; Pastoral Assistant, Our Lady of LaSalette, Sulphur; Pastoral Assistant, Immaculate Conception, Sulphur|
|9||Simon||Palathingal||Incarcerated 2004||Religious Congregation of the Salesians||Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles|
|10||Valerie||Pullman||Deceased 2017||Diocese of Lafayette||In Residence, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lake Charles|
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Louisiana Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: News & Updates
A bill extending the statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse passed the Legislative Committee and is on its way to the House of Representatives. Click the headline to read more…