Louisiana Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Louisiana Sexual Abuse AssaultLouisiana’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

Click to view our larger list of accused priests. Here you can search by accused clergy first and last name, Parish/Diocese, city and state, and even by the years of their assignments.

Louisiana Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: News & Updates

Sexual Abuse Bill Passes Committee

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…

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