Tag: Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Claude Boudreaux – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Claude Boudreaux

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

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Ordained: 1955

Removed: 2005 

Death: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1955–1962: Jesuit Mission (India and Sri Lanka)
  • 1962–1966: Jesuit High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • 1966–1967: Sacred Heart (El Paso, TX)
  • 1967–1973: Jesuit High School/Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, TX)
  • 1973–1974: N/A
  • 1974–1976: General Curia (Italy)
  • 1976–1981: Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1976–1977: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1980–1983: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1983–1984: N/A
  • 1984–1997: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1997–1998: N/A
  • 1998–2005: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 2005–2011: Retired/Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegation against Father Claude Boudreaux

In 2005, Fr. Claude Boudreaux was removed from active ministry after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor 30 years prior. An internal investigation revealed the accusation was credible, sources say.

After reporting the incident, reports say the victim requested two things: (1) that Fr. Boudreaux be removed, and (2) that the victim’s identity be protected. Consequently, the Jesuits sent Fr. Boudreaux away for extended medical treatment. Additionally, the Jesuits only disclosed that the complaint involved a single act of sexual abuse. Further details about the nature and scope of the abuse are unavailable. 

Father Clause Boudreaux’s Career and WhereaboutsFr. Claude Boudreaux Horowitz Law

Ordained in 1955, Fr. Claude Boudreaux began his career working in Sri Lanka and India. In the early 1970s, Fr. Boudreaux returned to the United States and taught at Jesuit high schools in Louisiana and Texas. 

In the mid-1970s, Fr. Boudreaux served as the regional secretary of the General Curia for the Jesuits in Rome for two years. Thereafter, he returned to the United States and continued teaching at Jesuit High School in New Orleans––where he remained for nearly three decades.

After his removal, Fr. Boudreaux reportedly lived at Ignatius Residence until 2011. His whereabouts after 2011 are unknown. Fr. Claude Boudreaux died on August 5, 2016. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux  in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux may now have legal options but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Alexander Francisco – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Alexander Francisco

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

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Ordained: 1979

Removed: 2002

Assignment History

  • 1991: St. Joseph Co-Cathedral (Houma, LA)
  • 1992(?)-1994: Holy Cross (Morgan City, LA)
  • 1994-1997: St. Thomas Aquinas (Houma, LA)
  • 1997-1999: St. Bridget’s Church (Schriever, LA)
  • 1999: St. Lawrence (Chacahoula, LA)
  • 1999-2002: St. Bernadette Church (Houma, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Alexander Francisco

In 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Alexander Francisco on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. Francisco admitted to inappropriately touching a minor. 

Further details about the scope and nature of the abuse are unavailable, as the victim and their family have requested information about the incident be kept confidential

Fr. Alexander Francisco’s Career and Whereabouts

Ordained in 1979, Fr. Alexander Francisco began his ministry in Louisiana after immigrating from the Philippines in 1991, sources say. Throughout his ministry in the 1990s, Fr. Francisco served as a pastor for churches primarily in the Houma area. 

During the 1990s, Fr. Francisco also served as chaplain at Thibodaux General Hospital and Catholic Student Center. He also had involvement with Nicholls State University in 1996, a report reads

Shortly after the abuse, Fr. Francisco was initially treated and cleared to return to ministry. However, he was later suspended in 2002 after the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux implemented new church rules. 

According to sources, Fr. Francisco said he wanted to leave the ministry after his 2002 removal. In 2019, the diocese stated it “permanently removed” all of his priestly faculties. Fr. Francisco’s whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux may now have legal options but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Lousiana clergy sexual abuse

Attention to Clergy Sexual Abuse Began in Louisiana in 1983

Do you think the Catholic clergy sexual abuse and cover up crisis started in Boston in 2002? Think again.  It really started much earlier, in 1983 in fact, down in Louisiana.

And now – finally, thankfully – there’s a new Louisiana law that may benefit some of those very first clergy abuse survivors who stepped forward, long before the pubic had even heard the phrase ‘pedophile priest.’

Many of those brave pioneers were victims of Fr. Gilbert Gauthe, the first U.S. priest to generate nationwide headlines due to his stunning crimes against kids.

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His victims started filing abuse reports in the early and mid-1980s, eventually leading to Fr. Gauthe’s 1985 conviction on charges of molesting at least 39 boys, mostly in the Lafayette diocese.

Imagine, for a moment, what they endured. Horrific childhood sexual trauma, inflicted by a so-called “man of God,” who represented Jesus, who could forgive their sins and help them attain eternal life in heaven where they would be surrounded by family and friends. And again, all this back in the day when the sexual violation of kids was literally unspeakable and when virtually no one heard, thought or talked about child sex crimes committed and concealed by men of the cloth.

And now, decades later, some of those very same victims – along with perhaps hundreds or thousands of others hurt in institutions (churches, schools, camps, day care centers and the like) – FINALLY have a real shot at justice.

Why? Because Louisiana lawmakers joined the movement towards greater protection of the vulnerable and greater justice for the wounded, by enacting a civil window which enable them to have their day in court and expose those who committed or concealed (or ARE committing and concealing) the most heinous crime possible against children: child sexual abuse.

It’s hard for victims to come forward now, even after the on-going clergy sex abuse crisis has been widely publicized for decades. Imagine, if you can, just how much harder it was for Fr. Gauthe’s victims to step forward decades ago.

And of course in the intervening decades, countless other boys and girls have been traumatized by sick clerics pursuing their own sexual gratification under the guise of administering sacraments and teaching religion and offering guidance to often struggling youngsters. They too, for the most part, have been frozen out of the justice system due to archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statutes of limitations, statutes that are now temporarily suspended, allowing those who are suffering in shame, silence and self-blame to step into the light, and the courtroom, to publicly ‘out’ criminals who have evaded detection for years.

It’s one heck of an opportunity. And a long overdue one.

The law extends to molesters and enablers in all kinds of workplaces. And to get an idea of just how widespread abuse is in Louisiana, consider just how many proven, admitted and credibly accused abusers are already publicly exposed in just one such workplace: the state’s Catholic seven dioceses.

According to the widely-respected and extraordinarily accurate website BishopAccountability.org, here are the numbers of publicly accused child molesters across the state, diocese by diocese:

New Orleans 95

Houma-Thibodaux 12

Baton Rouge 21

Lafayette 48

Alexandria 29

Lake Charles 6

Shreveport 1

So throw in other denominations and schools and music programs and athletic leagues and Scouting programs and ballet classes and tutoring arrangement and library reading clubs and chess trainers. . . well, you get the idea: many deeply wounded adults, who were hurt in these settings – now have both the chance to help themselves AND protect others by using the time-tested, open, imperfect but best-in-the-world court system.

Finally, if you’re wondering whatever became of Fr. Gauthe, that now-notorious predator, keep reading.

He eventually served ten years in prison and was sued multiple times. In 1997, he pled ‘no contest’ to abusing a three-year-old boy in Texas and was given seven years’ probation. That same year, he was charged with raping a young girl at gunpoint and was jailed for two years until those charges were dropped.

As of 2008, he was living near Houston. In 2008, he was arrested for failing to register as sex offender and served two years in jail, winning release in 2010. In 2014, he was living in San Leon, Texas.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Gauthe_Gilbert_J.htm

https://www.saintjosephabbey.com/abbey-statement-2018

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana.  Our lawyers offer free and confidential legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Catholic Church.

 

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Louisiana Becomes the Latest State to Open Courts to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

New Louisiana Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Gives Survivors of Abuse More Legal Options Starting Today

On June 15, 2021, the State of Louisiana became the latest in the wave of states to pass an extension to the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases.

In a landmark move, Louisiana lawmakers eliminated the time period for filing a lawsuit in future cases of abuse, and also created a three-year window for those abused in the past to file lawsuits too. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Monday. 

For three years, beginning immediately, anyone sexually abused in Louisiana can file lawsuits against those responsible for their child sexual abuse, including the perpetrators and their employers.  

“The scars of childhood sexual abuse may stay with survivors long-term and they deserve more time to report these devastating crimes,” Gov. Edwards’ spokesperson Christina Stephens said.  

“We commend Louisiana lawmakers for recognizing that sexual abuse causes shame, embarrassment, fear, and guilt that many survivors carry well into their adulthood – and that keeps them suffering in silence for decades,” Adam Horowitz, the managing partner of Horowitz Law says of the new law.  “We are seeing a wave of new legislation across America as more and more survivors come forward to demand access to courts to hold those responsible for their nightmare accountable. We can add Louisiana to the list of states that are getting it right.”

The lawyers of Horowitz Law have represented victims and survivors of sexual abuse for more than 20 years.  If you were sexually abused in Louisiana, contact us now to discuss your legal options. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused in Louisiana now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.