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Deacon Albert Alexander – Diocese of Lafayette

Deacon Albert Alexander

Diocese of Lafayette

Albert Alexander Horowitz Law

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Deacon Albert Alexander:

In September 2021, the Diocese of Lafayette announced that Deacon Albert Alexander had been placed on administrative leave following multiple allegations of child sexual abuse.  According to media reports, the Diocese stated that the alleged sexual misconduct related “to a period of time many years before he was ordained a deacon.”

Alexander was ordained a permanent deacon of the Lafayette Diocese in 2020 after serving as an acolyte for approximately one year.  At the time of his removal, he was assigned to a five-year term at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.

The Diocese says its internal investigation is ongoing.

In addition to serving as a deacon of the Diocese, media reports indicate that Alexander is a licensed Louisiana attorney and is the managing attorney of the healthcare industry group at Alvarez and Marshal, a global law firm headquartered in New York.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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.

 

 

 

Jason Berry: A Name That Clergy Abuse Survivors and Advocates Should Know

Two months ago, a Catholic deacon in the Lafayette Louisiana diocese, Shawn Jude Gautreaux, was placed on leave after having been accused of child sexual abuse.

https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/news/article_bc731cb8-d3b7-11eb-8866-5750519f5db3.html

He’s the latest alleged predator in a diocese with the longest chronological list of child molesters in the United States.

The Lafayette diocese, as you may know, is where the nation’s first abusive cleric was publicly exposed and sued. The priest was Fr. Gilbert Gauthe. The year was 1985.

Out of nearly 200 dioceses in the country, the Lafayette diocese earned that distinction – the first to ‘achieve’ national attention on one of its pedophile priests – largely because of one brave, pioneering investigative journalist, Jason Berry.

Berry is largely an unsung hero. But recently he got a modicum of the recognition and respect he deserves in a short but moving documentary on the New York Times website.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/opinion/catholic-church-abuse-jason-berry-first-report.html?searchResultPosition=1

In its introduction to the video, the Times writes that the Boston Globe’s “shocking revelations” in 2002 about abuse and cover up in that diocese “came out of nowhere, almost like a bolt of lightning.”

“But the sobering reality,” the Times noted “is that this bolt of lightning had been striking for at least 15 years.”

That’s because of Berry. In 1985, he wrote his first piece on child sexual abuse in the church, for the National Catholic Reporter and the Times of Acadiana.

Later, in 1992, he wrote a book called “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” and appeared on national TV shows like “Donahue” and “Oprah,” arguing that child sexual abuse had become “the Watergate of the Catholic Church.”

He exposed one of the church’s most powerful and notorious predators, Fr. Marcial Maciel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_abuse_cases_of_Marcial_Maciel

Berry also produced a documentary about Maciel.

http://jasonberryauthor.com/portfolio/vows-of-silence-the-film/

And he wrote another book examining convoluted and corrupt Vatican finances.

So  Berry deserves recognition, respect and gratitude for both his impressive early investigations into callous clergy and for his dogged determination, over decades, to deepen our understanding of this on-going scandal.

We at Horowitz Law encourage anyone who wants to really get a grip on this horror in Catholicism to check out Berry’s incredible work.

Going back to the recently accused Lafayette deacon, the local newspaper in Lafayette reported that it was waiting for this information from diocesan officials:

—Whether the alleged abuse occurred once or multiple times,

—Age of the alleged victim, and

—Decade the alleged abuse occurred.

Think about that for a minute. Neither Lafayette Catholic Bishop Doug Deshotel, nor anyone on his staff, would even disclose during which ten-year period Gautreaux allegedly violated a child, or roughly what age that child reportedly was, or whether the purported crime happened one time or a hundred times.

At a bare minimum, this suggests that church officials haven’t yet been very forthcoming about this case, and that is the rosiest way to put it.

A more cynical view: the one diocese in America that’s had the longest time (and perhaps a great incentive) to truly reform still refuses to reform.

The diocese has, at least, released the names of clergymen — priests and deacons — accused of sexually abusing children and vulnerable adults.”

But it was the last Louisiana diocese to disclose the identities of those deemed to have been credibly accused.” And “unlike other dioceses across the state and the country, Lafayette only released the priest’s name, the year they were born, the date they were ordained, churches where they served and their current status.”

Again, one would expect far more from a diocese that’s had decades to learn from its tragic mishandling of the Gauthe cases and subsequent cases.

And finally, getting back to Jason Berry, let’s give credit where credit is due: his groundbreaking and courageous work ‘outed’ or help out’ a number of other Louisiana predator priests besides Gauthe, including Fr. Lane Fontenot, Fr. John Engbers, Fr. Valerie Pullman and Fr. Robert Limoges.

More importantly, it broke decades of silence and cover up about the church’s massive abuse and cover up crisis, and both inspired and instructed other reporters and editors to belatedly take a critical look at what was long considered a societal sacred cow: the powerful and secretive Catholic hierarchy.

 

Fr. Charles Zaunbrecher – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Charles Zaunbrecher

Diocese of Lafayette

Charles Zaunbrecher Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1957

Retired: 1995

Died: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Kaplan, LA)
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Eunice, LA)
  • Our Lady of Fatima (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Mary Magdalene (Abbeville, LA)
  • St. Jules (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Michael the Archangel (Crowley, LA)
  • St. Edward’s Church (Richard, LA)
  • St. Leo IV (Roberts Cove, LA)
  • Church of the Little Flower (Mobile, AL)
  • St. Joseph’s Church (Milton, LA)
  • Diocese of Mobile (Mobile, AL)
  • Diocese of Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Charles Zaunbrecher:

Fr. Charles Zaunbrecher was ordained a priest in 1957, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in May 1986, he was arrested and charged with obscenity for exposing himself to two police officers while working as a priest in Milton. The Diocese of Lafayette suspended Fr. Zaunbrecher from his duties and reported that he was receiving treatment. Following the incident, the priest was transferred to the Archdiocese of Mobile. He returned to the Diocese of Lafayette in 1995 and retired. His name is listed on the spreadsheet from the insurance lawsuit on settlements that were paid out, but no dollar amount or victim’s name is reflected.

Fr. Charles Zaunbrecher died in 1996.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Norman Rogge – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of Lafayette

Norman Rogge Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Removed: 2002

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, KS)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
  •  1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, FL)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, FL)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, AL)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, LA)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s (Trichel, LA)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, LA)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, LA)
  • 1985-1988: Unknown
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, LA)
  • 2002-2009: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Norman Rogge:

Fr. Norman Rogge was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1956, who served in multiple parishes throughout Kansas, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Alabama, California, and Louisiana including in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, he was convicted twice for child sexual abuse in 1967 and 1985.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge was accused of groping a 14-year-old at a movie. According to news reports, the victim lived at a group home Rogge had access to. Other residents also complained of inappropriate touching during swimming lessons at the priest’s lake house. A police report indicated he also admitted to asking a boy for oral sex. Fr. Rogge pleaded guilty to charges relating to child molestation and received three years’ probation. He was given probation and required to undergo psychiatric counseling. He stayed in ministry in Tampa, until he was transferred to the Mobile Diocese in 1979.

In 1984, Fr. Rogge was visiting Tampa, and spent a weekend at a cabin with two other men and an 11-year-old boy. One of the men was a convicted child molester. All three men were associated with an organization formed to search for missing children, a newspaper reported.

A police report alleges that the men walked around all weekend naked and masturbated in front of the child. In connection with this investigation, Fr. Rogge pleaded no contest to a lewdness charge in 1985 and was placed on probation again. He reportedly was required to go to a Catholic treatment facility in New Mexico. For both convictions, his criminal record was wiped clean of the child molestation charges upon completing probation, and after both convictions, he was allowed to continue working as a priest.

Since then, numerous survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Rogge, with the earliest allegation in 1963. In 2002, a team of journalists exposed Fr. Rogge’s sexually abusive past that resulted in him being removed by the Diocese of Lafayette and sent to a Jesuit retirement community in New Orleans.

Rogge is named on the Jesuits’ December 2018 list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a child. He also was on the list released by the Archdiocese of Mobile in 2018 and the list released by the Diocese of Alexandria in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Cornelius Van Merrianboer – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Cornelius Van Merrianboer

Diocese of Lafayette

Cornelius Van Merrianboe Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1924

Resigned: 1933

Died: 1960

Assigned as follows:

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Creole, LA)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Mermentau

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Cornelius Van Merrianboer:

Fr. Cornelius Van Merrianboer was ordained a priest in 1924, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “priests against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” Information about the date, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.

Fr. Van Merrianboer died in 1960.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Adrian Walter Van Hal – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Adrian Walter Van Hal

Diocese of Lafayette

Adrian Walter Van Hal Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1937

Died: 1970

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Genevieve (Lafayette, LA)
  • Lake Arthur, LA
  • Evangeline, LA
  • Cameron, LA
  • St. John the Evangelist (Melville, LA)
  • Chaplain, U.S. Army
  • St. John the Evangelist (Jeanerette, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Our Lady of Mercy (Opelousas, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Adrian Walter Van Hal:

Fr. Adrian Walter Van Hal was ordained a priest in 1937, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “priests against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” Information about the date, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.

Fr. Adrian Van Hal died in 1970.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Jean Toussaint – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Jean Toussaint

Diocese of Lafayette

Jean Toussaint Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1934

Died: 1977

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Julien Chapel (Chataigner, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Ville Platte, LA)
  • Little Flower (Pins Clairs, LA)
  • Holy Trinity (Washington, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Jean Toussaint:

Fr. Jean Toussaint was ordained a priest in 1934, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “priests against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” Information about the date, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.

Fr. Jean Toussaint died in 1977.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Jody Simoneaux – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Jody Simoneaux

Diocese of Lafayette

Jody Simoneaux Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1982

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony of Padua (Eunice, LA)
  • St. Anne (Youngsville, LA)
  • St. Genevieve (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Jeanerette, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Jody Simoneaux:

Fr. Jody Simoneaux was ordained a priest in 1982, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “priests against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” Information about the date, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.

According to media reports, the allegation of child sex abuse in the 1980’s against Fr. Simoneaux was received in 2018. The alleged abuse occurred when he was assigned to St. Anthony Church and St. Edmund High School in Eunice, LA, and St. Anne Church in Youngsville. Following the allegation, Fr. Simoneaux was removed from the ministry, and the allegation was reported to law enforcement. Investigations into the abuse by both the Diocese of Lafayette and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office are ongoing.

Fr. Jody Simoneaux’s current 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Robie Robichaux – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Robie Robichaux

Diocese of Lafayette

Robie Robichaux Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Peter (New Iberia, LA)
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Abbeville, LA)
  • St. Genevieve (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Peter (New Iberia, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Iota, LA)
  • St. Jules (Petit Mamou)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Broussard, LA)
  • St. Edmond (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Patrick (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Mary Mother of the Church (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Leo the Great (Lafayette, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Robie Robichaux:

Fr. Robie Robichaux was ordained a priest in 1976, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “priests against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.”

According to a lawsuit filed in March 2020, Fr. Robichaux is accused of sexually abusing a young woman when she was 16 until she was 18 between 1979 and 1981. At the time of the incident, the alleged victim was a parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church in New Iberia where Fr. Robichaux was serving as priest. The woman reported the abuse to Bishop Harry Flynn in 1994.

Flynn told the woman that he spoke to Fr. Robichaux and that he would be sent for an evaluation. Flynn agreed to compensate the woman for past and future therapy under the condition that she sign a document stating that payment was not an admission of guilt. The woman refused. She reported the allegation against Fr. Robichaux a second time in 2004, and he was transferred.

Despite the allegation, Fr. Robichaux was promoted to monsignor and appointed Judicial Vicar of the Dioceses. In September of 2018, the accuser submitted the allegation against Fr. Robichaux to the Diocese of Lafayette for a third time, and the diocese removed him from the ministry.

In 2018, a second woman came forward with an allegation of sexual abuse in 1975 against Fr. Robichaux. The alleged abuse occurred when the woman was 16–17-year-old high school senior and Robichaux was a deacon in New Iberia. The investigation into the allegation is ongoing.

Fr. Robichaux’s current 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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. Richard Rieboldt – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Richard Rieboldt

Diocese of Lafayette

Richard Rieboldt Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Resigned: 1985

Removed: 1989

Assigned as follows:

  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Lafayette, LA)
  • Our Lady of Fatima (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Bernard (Breaux Bridge, LA)
  • St. Michael the Archangel (Crowley, LA)
  • St. Jules (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. John the Baptist (Lyons Point, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Richard Rieboldt:

Fr. Richard Rieboldt was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette, as head of the diocesan marriage tribunal. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “priests against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” Information about the date, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.

Fr. Rieboldt’s name appeared on a list of clergy suspected of abuse in diocese documents that were later used in a lawsuit filed by the Diocese of Lafayette against its insurers. According to the document, Fr. Rieboldt left the seminary for two years in 1971 for psychological counseling and that he attended the House of Affirmation in 1981.

Richard Rieboldt resigned from ministry in 1985, and was removed in 1989. His current 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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.