Tag: Diocese of Lafayette

Fr. Steven Parks – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Steven Parks

Diocese of Lafayette

Steven Parks Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • St. Peter Claver School (Opelousas, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Steven Parks:

Fr. Steven Parks served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in 2003, he was accused in a lawsuit of child sexual abuse that occurred between 1966-1971. The alleged abuse began in 1966 when the boy was a 10-year-old student at St. Peter Claver elementary school in Opelousas, LA. The suit alleged that the abuse repeatedly occurred at the school. The case was settled in 2006, and no criminal charges were found. Fr. Parks’ current whereabouts of 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. 

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Fr. Albert Nunez – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Albert Nunez 

Diocese of Lafayette

Albert Nunez  Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Church Point, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Washington, LA)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Plaisance, LA)
  • St. Peter Parish (Carencro, LA)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Erath, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Albert Nunez:

Fr. Albert Nunez was ordained a priest in 1964, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in May 2019, the Diocese of Lafayette issued a statement that the Louisiana State Police had conducted an investigation of child sexual abuse in the 1970’s against Fr. Albert Nunez. The alleged victim went to police in 2016 after he learned that another man had also claimed that he was abused by Nunez as a child. The accuser alleges that when he was between 12 and 14 years old, his mother encouraged him to spend the night at the rectory at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Church Point, LA. Fr. Nunez took the boy to a bedroom where they both slept in a small bed. When the victim awoke in the middle of the night, Fr. Nunez was “spooning” him. The boy left the bed and spent the rest of the night sleeping in a bathroom.

A second man told police that both he and his late brother were abused by Nunez and that the brother had told family members about the abuse. After several months the Louisiana State Police closed the investigation because the victims did not press charges.

As of 2019, Fr. Nunez was living in a diocesan nursing home in New Iberia LA.

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. 

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Fr. Kenneth Morvant – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Kenneth Morvant

Diocese of Lafayette

Kenneth Morvant Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961

Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1966: Cathedral of St. John (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1966-1970: St. Anthony of Padua (Eunice, LA)
  • 1970: St. Joseph Catholic Church (Rayne, LA)
  • 1971-1986: St. Martin de Tours (St. Martinville, LA)
  • 1985:           St. Elizabeth Church (Coteau, LA)
  • 1987-1989: On special assignment
  • 1987-1988: St. Bernard Church (Breaux Bridge, LA)
  • 1990-1991: St. Joseph Seminary (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2000-2003: On special assignment

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Kenneth Morvant:

Fr. Kenneth Morvant was ordained a priest in 1961, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in August 2018, a man publicly accused Fr. Kenneth Morvant of child sexual abuse in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The alleged victim was a 9-year-old altar boy at St. Martin de Tours when the abuse began. The abuse continued for several years. The man stated that he knew of at least 45 other victims who had been molested by Fr. Morvant, including his brother and cousin who both died by suicide. This victim along with ten others, identified as “John Doe’s,” filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Lafayette in September of 2018. All the alleged victims were altar boys and many of the incidents occurred in the church rectory during sleepovers.

In December of 2019, five men filed a lawsuit against the Vatican, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Diocese of Lafayette. The lawsuit alleges that Fr. Morvant sexually abused the men when they were altar boys at St. Martin de Tours and that it was “common knowledge among Vatican officials that Morvant had a habit of inviting adolescent boys to “sleepovers” where Morvant’s practice was to drug the boys with alcohol and then to rape and sexually abuse them and exploit them.” Both lawsuits are still pending.

Fr. Kenneth Morvant died in 2002 and is buried at St. Martin de Tours in St. Martinville, LA.

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. 

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Fr. Marshall Larriviere – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Marshall Larriviere 

Diocese of Lafayette

Marshall Larriviere  Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Retired: 1994

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1968: St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (Abbeville, LA)
  • 1966-1980: Apostolate for the Deaf (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1969-1971: St. Pius X Catholic Church (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1973-1977: Immaculata Seminary (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1982-1983: On duty outside the diocese (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1984-1994: Military Chaplain (assignments include: RI, FL, VA, and WA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Marshall Larriviere:

Fr. Marshall Larriviere was ordained a priest in 1963, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in 2003, a family filed a lawsuit on behalf of their daughter who alleged that Fr. Larriviere forced her to perform oral sex on him in 1964 when she was eight years old, and later raped her at his camp in Vermillion Parish when she was 13. The alleged assaults took place when the priest was assigned to St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville, LA. This lawsuit was consolidated with another lawsuit filed by another female who alleges she was also raped at Larriviere’s Vermillion Parish camp. Both cases were settled for an undisclosed amount in September 2008.

In April 2019, Fr. Larriviere 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.”

He died in Ft. Myers, Florida in 2014.

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. 

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Fr. Michael Herpin – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Michael Herpin

Diocese of Lafayette

Michael Herpin Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2002

Retired: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Raphael (Iowa, LA)
  • St. Landry (Opelousas, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Our Lady Help of Christians (Jennings, LA)
  • St. Paul (Elton, LA)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (New Iberia, LA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Broussard, LA)
  • Our Lady of Mercy (Henderson, LA)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Milton, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Michael Herpin:

Fr. Michael Herpin was ordained a priest in 1966, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette, as a pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus and vicar for the Diocese of Lafayette’s central region. According to media reports, in 2002, he announced that he had engaged “in sexual impropriety with a minor about 30 years ago.” Following the admission, he was removed  from ministry and his diocesan assignments. The diocese stated that it had notified “proper civil authorities,” though it refused to provide any details regarding where or when the incident occurred.

In April of 2019, Fr. Herpin 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. Michael Herpins whereabouts are currently 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. 

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Dn. Louis Hanemann – Diocese of Lafayette

Deacon Louis Hanemann

Diocese of Lafayette

Louis Hanemann Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz LawOrdained: 1983

Left ministry: 1986

Removed: 2002

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Genevieve Catholic Church (Lafayette, LA)
  • Diocese of Raleigh, NC

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Dcn. Louis Hanemann:

Dcn. Louis Hanemann was ordained in 1983, and served in the Diocese of Lafayette. Prior to his ordination, he worked as an educator in three high schools, and also held numerous positions with the Boy Scouts of America. Between the time Dcn. Hanemann was ordained in 1983 and the time he left the ministry in 1986, he was also assigned to the Diocese of Raleigh, NC.

According to media reports, in April 2019, Dcn. Hanemann was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “deacons 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. There is no indication that the diocese reported the allegation to law enforcement.

Dcn. Hanemann was removed from ministry in 2002. He died in Raleigh, NC in 2007.

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. 

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Fr. Michael Guidry – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Michael Guidry

Diocese of Lafayette

Michael Guidry Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1991

Removed from ministry: 2021

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1973: Cathedral of St. John (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1973-1976: Our Lady of Fatima (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1976-1983: Sts. Peter and Paul (Carencro, LA)
  • 1983-1984: Cathedral of St. John (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1984-1986: St. Joseph’s Evangeline and St. Jules (Evangeline, LA)
  • 1986-1987: St. John the Evangelist (Mermentau, LA)
  • St. Margaret Catholic Church (Estherwood, LA)
  • 1987-1989: Our Lady Sacred Heart (Church Point, LA)
  • 1989-1990: St. Anthony of Padua (Krotz Springs, LA)
  • 1990-1998: St. Joseph (Patterson, LA)
  • 1998-2004: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (New Iberia, LA)
  • 2004-2018: St. Peter (Morrow, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Michael Guidry:

Fr. Michael Guidry was ordained a priest in 1991, and 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 “diocesan clergy against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” The allegation of child sexual abuse in 2015 against Guidry was received in 2018. The alleged victim was 16 years old at the time of the incident, which occurred in Fr. Guidry’s home in Morrow, LA.

In June 2018, Fr. Guidry turned himself into the sheriff’s office and confessed to assaulting the victim after serving him alcohol. Guidry plead guilty to sexual molestation of a juvenile in March of 2019 and was ordered to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to ten years in prison with three suspended. Guidry was released on bail and placed on house arrest in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The family sued Fr. Guidry and the Diocese of Lafayette in 2018. The lawsuit was settled and dismissed in April of 2021. According to media reports, in May 2021, the Diocese of Lafayette issued a formal apology to the victim’s family. In a deposition given in 2021, Guidry testified that shortly after the molesting the victim in 2015, he disclosed the abuse to a support group of other clergy members.

Michael Guidry is currently under house arrest and living in St. Landry Parish, LA.

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. Aldeo Gilbert – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Aldeo Gilbert

Diocese of Lafayette

Aldeo Gilbert Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Resigned: 1968

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Michael the Archangel (Crowley, LA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Ville Platte, LA)
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Abbeville, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Aldeo Gilbert:

Fr. Aldeo Gilbert was ordained a priest in 1943, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, Fr. Gauthe admitted to raping or sodomizing 37 children dating back to 1972 in Broussard. In 1986, he pleaded guilty to 11 counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released a decade early.

In 1992, a woman filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Baton Rouge alleging that in 1961, Fr. Gilbert choreographed a sexual assault against her by two female parishioners when she was 15 years old. Documents in the lawsuit state that Gilbert organized “vocation clubs” meant to guide girls into becoming nuns. Once in these clubs, the girls were allegedly sexually abused by Fr. Gilbert and adult female club members. The lawsuit was dismissed on statute of limitations.

In another lawsuit filed in 1993, a second woman sued Fr. Gilbert and the Diocese of Lafayette claiming that he sexually abused her as a child.

Father Gilbert was publicly named in April of 2019 on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “diocesan clergy against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.”

He died in 2007.

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. 

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Fr. Gilbert Gauthe – Diocese of Lafayette

Father Gilbert Gauthe

Diocese of Lafayette

Gilbert Gauthe Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Removed from ministry: 1983

Convicted: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1973: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Broussard, LA)
  • 1973-1976: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (New Iberia, LA)
  • 1974: Appointed as diocesan director of scouting
  • 1976-1977: St. Mary Magdalen (Abbeville, LA)
  • 1977-1983: St. John Catholic (Henry, LA)
  • 1977-1983: St. James Mission Chapel (Esther, LA)
  • 1984: House of Affirmation (Whitinsville, MA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Gilbert Gauthe:

Fr. Gilbert Gauthe was ordained a priest in 1971, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in 1983, the first allegations of sexual abuse against him arose when six families sued the Diocese of Lafayette claiming that Fr. Gauthe molested their children. The victims were altar boys between the ages of six and thirteen years old. The cases were settled secretly.

In 1984, Fr. Gauthe was one of the first pedophile priests brought to trial in the United States when he was indicted on 34 counts of sex crimes against children. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1985 after admitting under oath to sexually molesting 37 children in hundreds of incidents while he served as a priest in Broussard, New Iberia, Abbeville, and Henry. He was released in 1995 after serving 10 years of his sentence.

In 1997, Fr. Gauthe was arrested in Texas for molesting a three-year-old boy. He plead no contest and was given seven years probation. In December of 1997, Gauthe was arrested for raping a female child at gunpoint in 1977. He was released in 1999 when the woman dropped the charges. That same year, Gauthe faced another sexual assault charge from a former altar boy who claims that he was molested by Gauthe.

Gilbert Gauthe was arrested in 2008 in La Marque, TX and charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He served a two-year sentence and was released in 2010.

According to media reports, the church has paid out at least $10 million in settlements to Gauthe’s alleged victims. He is the subject of multiple civil suits and settlements. In 2019 the Diocese of Alexandria listed Fr. Gilbert Gauthe as a “diocesan priest incardinated in another diocese accused of sexual misconduct while serving in the Diocese of Alexandria.” The Diocese of Lafayette also included Gauthe on its disclosure list of “diocesan clergy against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult,” which was released in 2019.

As of 2019, Gilbert Gauthe was living in San Leon, Texas.

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.

Dn. Leonard Freyou – Diocese of Lafayette

Deacon Leonard Freyou

Diocese of Lafayette

Leonard Freyou Diocese of Lafayette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Resigned: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church (Lydia, LA)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (New Iberia, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Dcn. Leonard Freyou:

Dcn. Leonard Freyou was ordained in 1980, and served in the Diocese of Lafayette. He taught CCD for 32 years at St. Nicholas Church in Lydia, LA, and also trained altar servers. Dcn. Freyou was an organist and choir director at both St. Nicholas and Our Lady of Perpetual Help for 17 years. In 1966 he was honored with the Papal Honor of Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John. He was ordained a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in June 1977. His class was the first class of deacons for the Diocese of Lafayette.

According to media reports, in April 2019, Dcn. Freyou was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “deacons 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.

Dcn. Freyou died in 2006.

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.