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Fr. Simon Palathingal – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Simon Palathingal

Diocese of Lake Charles (Salesians)


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Ordained: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1991: Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India)
  • 1991: Jordan House (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1991: Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1991-1993: (India)
  • 1993-2000: (U.S.)
  • 2000-2001: Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • 2001: St. Bernadette’s (Parlin, NJ)
  • 2001-2004: St. Mary’s (South Amboy, NJ)
  • 2004-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Simon Palathingal:

Father Simon Palathingal was ordained a priest of the Religious Congregation of the Salesians, Bangalore Province in 1972. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He lived In India for years and is said to have been vice-principal of a prominent boys’ school in Chennai. He moved to the United States in 1991.

According to media reports, in September 2004, Father Palathingal pleaded guilty to to two counts of first-degree sexual assault on a 9 year-old boy in 1990 and 1991. He was suspended from ministry in 1993. The boy’s uncle, Father Dennis Pecore, who was himself a convicted sex offender, found Father Palathingal in bed with the boy in 1991 at Jordan House, a residence for elderly Salvatorian priests and brothers.

At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Palathingal was studying at Marquette University, a Jesuit institution in Milwaukee. At the time of his arrest, he was working for the Diocese of Metuchen at St. Mary’s Church in South Amboy, NJ. Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen said, “We had no knowledge of his being in Milwaukee until he was arrested in South Amboy.”

Father Palathingal was sentenced to two 16-year prison sentences, to be served concurrently, and was to be eligible for parole after 4 years. He was released from prison in December 2011. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12.

In late 1991, a parishioner had warned Bishop Sklba of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that boys were seen coming and going from Jordan House. Sklba said he discussed the issue with the coordinator, Father Pecore, and was satisfied when he told him there was not a problem.

The Milwaukee District Attorney was aware of the allegations made against Father Palathingal in 1993, but did not pursue a court case, because the boy had already testified in a similar case involving abuse by his uncle, who was eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison.

“It was a tremendous ordeal. We didn’t think (prosecution) was in the best interest of the child,” Milwaukee District Attorney Gale Shelton said.

Father Palathingal went to India after the incident was reported to authorities. While away, he sent letters to the boy he had abused in Milwaukee. When the charges were dropped, Father Palathingal returned to the US and continued working as a priest in several states and was later accused of further abuse.

In December 2001, the Diocese of Metuchen hired Father Palathingal. He was suspected of abuse at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Louisiana in 2002, but the parents of the alleged victim refused to meet with authorities, and the investigation was dropped.

In April 2019, Father Palathingal’s name appeared on the Diocese of Lake Charles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of abuse were reported in 2000 and 2002. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

The current whereabouts of Fr. Simon Palathingal 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 Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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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Br. Edmund Normantowic – Diocese of Lake Charles

Brother Edmund Normantowic

Diocese of Lake Charles (La Salette Missionaries)

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Final vows: 1971

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Sulphur, LA)
  • Our Lady of La Salette (Sulphur, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Sulphur, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Edmund Normantowic:

Br. Edmund Normantowicz is a brother with the La Salette Missionaries who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He was a permanent deacon in St. Louis before becoming a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Lake Charles.

According to media reports, Br. Normantowicz was publicly named on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It notes allegations of child sexual abuse in 1976-1978 and 1980 against Br. Normantowicz were received in 2003 and 2019. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided. Law enforcement was notified about the allegations. Br. Edmund Normantowicz is prohibited from ministry.

The Diocese of Lake Charles misspelled Br. Normantowicz’s last name as “Normanmtowicz” and has his first name listed as Edward; however, according to the Catholic Directory and his father’s 2014 obituary, his first name is Edmund.

Br. Edmund Normantowicz is believed to be living with the La Salette Missionaries in Hartford, CT.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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. Gregory Mosca – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Gregory Mosca

Diocese of Lake Charles (Olivetan Benedictines)

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Ordained: 1970

Removed: 1986

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Abbey of San Miniato (Florence, Italy)
  • Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. Henry (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Our Lady of Victory (Mount Vernon, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Gregory Mosca:

Fr. Gregory Mosca was ordained a religious order priest with the Olivetan Benedictines in 1970, who served in the Diocese of Lake Charles.  After his ordination, he served at the Abbey of San Miniato in Florence, Italy where he was the Vice Master of novices for American Students.

According to media reports, in 1995, Fr. Gregory Mosca and Br. Rene Dorsey were accused in a lawsuit of molesting an altar boy. The alleged abuse occurred in the late 1970’s when the victim was between 10-15 years old.

Fr. Mosca’s name was included on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted allegations of child sexual abuse in 1980-1982 against Fr. Mosca were received in 1986 and 1993. The alleged abuse involved more than one victim, and it occurred at St. Henry in Lake Charles and in Houston, TX. Information regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim(s) and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by Diocese of Lake Charles.

Fr. Mosca was removed from active ministry in 1986. He continued to serve as a priest in Mount Vernon, NY.

Fr. Gregory Mosca died in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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. Brennan Harris – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Brennan Harris

Diocese of Lake Charles

Brennan Harris Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Removed:

Died: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • Mt. St. Francis High School Seminary (Mt. St. Francis, IN)
  • Lansing Catholic Central High School (Lansing, MI)
  • St. Maria Goretti High School (Lake Arthur, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Brennan Harris:

Fr. Brennan Harris was a religious order priest with the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation. He was ordained in 1969 and served in multiple high schools in Indiana, Michigan, and in the the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana. According to media reports, in 2018, Fr. Harris was publicly named on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse with a minor. It noted one allegation of child sexual abuse in 1971. Information regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the archdiocese. Fr. Harris was removed from public ministry.

Fr. Brennan Harris’ name also appears on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted allegations of abuse in 1983-1987 against Fr. Harris were received in 1991 and 1995. The alleged abuse involved more than one victim, and occurred when Fr. Harris was the principal at St. Maria Goretti High School in Lake Arthur. The Diocese of Lake Charles did not provide information regarding the age/gender of Harris’ alleged victims or the nature of the alleged abuse.

Fr. Brennan Harris died at 52 in 1985, in Baton Rouge, LA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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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Br. Kerry Guillory – Diocese of Lake Charles

Brother Kerry Guillory

Diocese of Lake Charles (Franciscan)

Kerry Guillory Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz LawFinal vows: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1974: St. Edward’s School (Carlsbad, NM)
  • 1972: San Jose (Carlsbad, NM)
  • 1975-1978: Catholic Youth Organization (Carlsbad, NM)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Jennings, LA)
  • Franciscan Shelter House (Louisville, KY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Kerry Guillory:

Br. Kerry Guillory was a brother with the Conventual Franciscan Friars who served in the Diocese of Lake Charles. According to media reports, in 2007, he was named in a lawsuit alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy. The alleged abuse began in 1975 and continued for three years. The abuse occurred at St. Edward and San Jose churches and on road trips to El Paso, Dallas, and Houston, TX.

Fr. Guillory was accused of molesting and sodomizing the boy after supplying him with alcohol and marijuana. The suit also accused the parishes and the dioceses of concealing the abuse and negligence. According to media reports, two more suits were filed against Guillory in 2008 and 2009.

According to media reports, in 2019, Br. Guillory was named in a lawsuit alleging that he raped and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy on multiple occasions between 1972-1974. The alleged abuse occurred on the campus of St. Edward’s parish, where the victim was a student and parishioner. The suit also named the Conventual Franciscan Friars, Diocese of El Paso, the Diocese of Las Cruces, and St. Edward’s parish as defendants.

Br. Kerry Guillory’s name name was included on the Diocese of Las Cruces 2018 list of credibly accused clergy. His name also appears on the Diocese of El Paso’s 2019 list of credibly accused clergy.

His name was also included on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted that allegations of child sexual abuse in 1983 against Br. Guillory were received in 1986 and 2015. The alleged abuse occurred when Guillory was assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Jennings, LA. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

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 Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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. Valerie Pullman – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Valerie Pullman

Diocese of Lake Charles

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Ordained: 1965

Left ministry: 1985

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Arthur, LA)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Elton, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Martin de Porres (Scott, LA)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Our Lady of Assumption (Carencro, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Valerie Pullman:

Fr. Valerie Pullman was ordained a priest in 1965, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. He served as Vicar for Black Catholics and on the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. He left active ministry in 1985 and settled in Jennings, LA.

According to 1995 court records, the diocese knew of “reported pedophilia” as early as 1966. Former Bishop Frey admitted in court insurance case documents that he knew of allegations against the priest. Fr. Pullman was sent to St. Luke’s Institute where he was evaluated and referred to the Servants of the Paracletes in Jemez Springs, NM.

According to media reports, in a 2003 civil lawsuit, Fr. Pullman was accused of repeatedly molesting an altar boy beginning in 1972. The abuse lasted several years and occurred in multiple locations including at an out of state religious conference. The lawsuit was settled by 2008. No criminal charges were filed.

In February 2021, the Diocese of Lake Charles publicly named Fr. Pullman on its list of “Clerics and religious who were serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles at the time of the allegation. The diocese was notified of the accusation. The investigation and final disposition of the allegation was the responsibility of the religious order or diocese.” The list notes that allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s against Fr. Pullman were received in October 1999 and February 2021.

In August 2021, a lawsuit was filed by a man who claimed he was sexually abused by Fr. Pullman when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Arthur, LA. Fr. Pullman was the alleged victim’s elementary school religion teacher at St. Maria Goretti Catholic School at the time of the abuse. The alleged abuse occurred at the Fountainebleau Hotel in New Orleans. The victim reported the abuse to Pullman’s superior shortly after the incident occurred, and Fr. Pullman was transferred to another church.

Valerie Pullman never faced criminal charges. He died in 2017.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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. Louis Perreault – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Louis Perreault

Diocese of Lake Charles (Holy Ghost Fathers)

Louis Perreault Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz LawOrdained: 1962

Removed: 2011

Died: 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963: Unknown
  • 1964-1969: Gerard High School (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1964-1971: 225 El Papago Dr. (Tempe, AZ)
  • 1972-1986: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Lake Charles, LA)
  • 1987: Congregation of the Holy Ghost (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1987-1997: Our Lady of the Valley (Hemet, CA)
  • 1998-2000: Holy Ghost Fathers (Hemet, CA)
  • 2001-2013: Unknown
  • 2014-2017: The Spiritan Center (Bethel Park, PA)
  • 2018-2020: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Louis Perreault:

Fr. Louis Perreault was ordained a priest in 1962, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles. According to media reports, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor from 1990 to 1992, while serving at Our Lady of the Valley in Hemet, CA. The boy was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time of the abuse. The diocese was made aware of allegations in 2011, and reported it to law enforcement. In 2019, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Perreault was permanently banned from ministry in the diocese and retired without faculties. Perreault was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He was also included on the Diocese of Lake Charles list. Perreault’s whereabouts and whether he has access to children from 2018 until his death in 2020 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 Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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. Austin Park – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Austin Park

Diocese of Lake Charles (Jesuits)

Austin Park Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Jesuit High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine (San Antonio, TX)
  • Colegio San Ignacio, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Jesuit High School (El Paso, TX)
  • Gesù Parish (Miami, FL)
  • Christ the King Church (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Tampa, FL)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Joseph Church (Houston, TX)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Our Lady of the Rosary (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Sacred Heart Parish (El Paso, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Austin Park:

Fr. Austin Park was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1955. He was assigned in the Archdiocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Antonio from 1957-1958 and from 1961-1963. He also served in the Diocese of Lake Charles.

According to media reports, in 2013, a family member informed the Archdiocese that Park had
abused two children while he was serving there in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Though the priest was already out of ministry due to dementia when the allegations were received, the Archdiocese found the family member to be credible.

In 2018, Fr. Park was named publicly as accused by the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province. It noted an allegation of abuse was reported in the 1960s.

In 2019, Fr. Park was included on multiple dioceses lists of of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse including in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Diocese of Charleston, and Diocese of Lake Charles List of Jesuits with Credible Accusations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Fr. Park died in 2013.

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

Father Charles Soileau

Diocese of Lake Charles

Charles Soileau Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz LawOrdained: 1957

Removed: 1999

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Peter (New Iberia, LA)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Erath, LA)
  • St. Eugene (Grand Chenier, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. Anthony (Eunice, LA)
  • Sacred Heart (Oakdale, LA)
  • St. Lawrence (Hathaway, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Vinton, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Charles Soileau:

Fr. Charles Soileau was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette in 1957, and served in multiple parishes in Louisiana for over 40 years. According to media reports, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of credibly accused clergy. The list noted that Soileau was removed from ministry after an allegation of child sexual abuse against the priest in 1995 was received in 1999. The alleged abuse occurred in Houston, TX and Vinton, LA. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Fr. Charles Soileau died in 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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. Gerard Smit – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Gerard Smit

Diocese of Lake Charles

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Ordained: 1950

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph (Iota, LA)
  • St. Michael’s (Egan, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Christ the King (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. Anne (Youngsville, LA)
  • Our Lady of Assumption (Bosco, LA)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Chataigner, LA)
  • St. John of the Cross (LeBlanc, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Christ the King (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. John Berchmans (Cankton, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Arthur, LA)
  • St. Raphaels (Iowa, LA)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Lacassine, LA)
  • St. Joseph’s Mission (Chloe, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Elkton, DE)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Gerard Smit:

Fr. Gerard Smit came to the Diocese of Lafayette from a monastery in the Netherlands. According to media reports, the first allegation of sexual abuse in the 1960’s against Fr. Smit was received in 1982 by the Lafayette Sherriff’s Office. A man told police that Smit assaulted him at a weekend camp near Mamou and Estherwood, LA. The man also said the Smit stalked him and sent him a check for $10,000, which later bounced. The man was allegedly told that the statute of limitations was over.

In 1996, the same man saw Fr. Smit’s name in a church bulletin in the Diocese of Wilmington. He reported his allegation to the Diocese of Wilmington, which barred Smit from working as priest in the diocese. In 2002, the man asked the Diocese of Lake Charles for a financial settlement. He ultimately filed a criminal complaint against Fr. Smit with the Louisiana State Police accusing Smit of molesting him in 1961, when he was an altar boy at St. Anne Church in Youngsville, LA. Police found credible evidence but could not prosecute the case because too much time had passed.

According to media reports, in 1986 a woman told Diocese of Lake Charles officials that Fr. Smit had sexually abused her and other girls in the 1960s when Smit was assigned to Our Lady Queen of Heaven. According to a 1986 letter, Bishop Jude Speyrer admited to receiving the allegation and acknowledges that Fr. Smit did not deny the allegation. Bishop Speyrer sent Fr. Smit to Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, NM for treatment. After treatment, the preist was sent to the Diocese of Wilmington.

In 2010, a former altar boy who served at St. John Berchmans reportedly told Bishop Michael Jarrell of the Diocese of Lafayette that Smit had sexually abused him in the 1970s. Following this allegation, Smit was told not to have any contact with minors and to refrain from “public celebration of the sacraments or acts of worship.”

In February of 2012, Smit was listed on the Diocese of Wilmington’s list of “diocesan clergy or lay employees regarding whom there are admitted, corroborated or otherwise substantiated allegations of sexual abuse, molestation, and rape of a minor.” Both the Diocese of Lake Charles and the Diocese of Lafayette named Fr. Gerard Smit on their lists of credible accused clergy in 2019.

Fr. Gerard Smit is reported to be living in Pennsylvania.

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