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Fr. Daniel Poche – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Daniel Poche

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

 

Daniel Poche Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1978

Removed: 2019

Assignment History

  • Holy Cross (Morgan City, LA)
  • Sacred Heart (Cut Off, LA)
  • St. Bernadette Church (Houma, LA)
  • St. Francis de Sales (Houma, LA)
  • St. Hilary (Mathews, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Chauvin, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel Poche

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Daniel Poche on its list of priests with credible accusations of sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. Poche was removed from ministry after the accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor were deemed credible. Details of the allegations and his current status 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.

Fr. Dac Nguyen – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Dac Nguyen

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

 

Fr. Dac Nguyen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1988

Removed: 2019

 

Assignment History

  • Holy Family (Ameila, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Dac Nguyen

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Dac Nguyen on its list of priests with credible accusations of sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. Nguyen was a priest of the Society of Domus Dei and worked in the diocese at Thanh Gia (Holy Family) in Amelia. Nguyen was removed from ministry after the accusations were deemed credible. His current status and location 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.

Fr. Carlos Melendez – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Carlos Melendez

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

 

Fr. Carlos Melendez Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Carlos Melendez

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Carlos Melendez on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. Melendez was a priest of the Missionaries of Christ Crucified in El Salvador. Melendez worked in the Hispanic ministry within the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and was accused of inappropriate physical contact with a child. Melendez pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery against a minor. As result, US Immigration deported him back to El Salvador. His current status and location are not known.

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. Patrick Kujawa – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Patrick Kujawa

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

 

Fr. Patrick Kujawa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1995

Removed: 2000

Incarcerated: 2000

Assignment History

  • 1997: St. Francis de Sales (Houma, LA)
  • 1999: Holy Cross Church (Morgan City, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Patrick Kujawa

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Patrick Kujawa on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. Kujawa was arrested and charged in 2000 after child pornography was found in the rectory at his church. 

2000 Trial and Conviction 

According to reports, in 1999, Fr. Patrick Kujawa was a priest at Holy Cross in Morgan City when the housekeeper found 220 images of child pornography in the rectory. Kujawa was initially sent to a Pennsylvania hospital for treatment, but in 2000, Morgan City Police and the FBI began an investigation in which he was arrested and charged. Fr. Kujawa was booked with 62 counts of possession of child pornography and pleaded guilty to 15 of them. Kujawa was sentenced to four years on each count, to be served consecutively, for a total of 60 years in prison. However, the judge suspended that sentence and instead placed him on probation.

In 2004, Kujawa was indicted in federal court on more charges of child pornography, after federal investigators found “hardcore child pornography” on his home computer. He again pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. When the state moved to revoke his probation and send him to prison for 60 years, he appealed, alleging that the court had illegally suspended the sentence in the first place. He asked for a new sentencing hearing, which the court granted. Kujawa was then sentenced to 15 10-year sentences, to be served at the same time, but after any federal sentence was complete. That brought his entire sentence to 20 years.

He is set for release in 2022 from Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, LA.

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. Etienne LeBlanc – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Etienne LeBlanc

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Etienne LeBlanc Horowitz Law Ordained: 1971

Removed: 2007

Assignment History

  • 1970-1971: St. Francis de Sales Parish (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1971-1975 Pastor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (Reserve, LA)
  • 1975-1976: Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Westwego, LA)
  • 1980-1987: St. Thomas Aquinas (Thibodaux, LA)
  • 1987-2000: Holy Cross Catholic Church (Morgan City, LA)
  • 2001: St. Hilary of Poitiers (Mathews, LA)
  • 2001-2004: Holy Family (Dulac, LA)
  • 2001-2004: St. Eloi Catholic Church (Dularge, LA)
  • 2004-2007: Annunziata Catholic Church (Houma, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Etienne LeBlanc

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Etienne LeBlanc on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. LeBlanc allegedly abused a minor in the mid-1990s. 

The Rape Allegation

In 2007, a former altar boy accused Fr. Etienne LeBlanc of raping him in Holy Cross Catholic Church rectory in the mid-1990s. 

The abuse allegedly started when the victim asked Fr. LeBlanc to be an altar boy. The victim says although he was initially turned down as altar boy because he was too young, Fr. LeBlanc allegedly told the victim if he performed a sexual favor for him, the victim could become an altar boy. 

According to reports, the abuse lasted for approximately six years. The victim says he ended his service when he was approximately 15, and that contact with Fr. LeBlanc ended subsequently after. 

Ultimately, the diocese settled with the victim and stripped Fr. Etienne LeBlanc of his priestly duties. 

Other Allegations

While the Houma-Thibodaux diocese did not mention any other allegations in its 2019 list, sources say another victim came forward, claiming he had a relationship with Fr. LeBlanc when he was 17 and that the church knew. 

Since the initial allegation, reports indicate that more victims have accused Fr. Etienne LeBlanc of pressuring them into sexual relationships with him when they were children. 

Fr. Etienne LeBlanc’s Career and Whereabouts

Ordained in 1971, Fr. Etienne LeBlanc served for more than 40 years before the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux removed him from ministry. According to news reports, Fr. LeBlanc has served primarily in the Houma––Bayou Cane––Thibodaux area. Sources also say Fr. LeBlanc served on Nicholls State University’s campus. 

Fr. LeBlanc was removed from ministry in 2007. According to a phone listing, Fr. LeBlanc is now living in Port Orange, Florida. 

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. Ramon Luce – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Ramon Luce

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Ramon Luce Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1995

Removed: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Luce

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Ramon Luce on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children. According to the diocese, Fr. Luce allegedly engaged in “serious and unacceptable conduct with minors.” Fr. Luce voluntarily left the ministry before church officials stripped him of his priestly duties. 

The diocese did not disclose any additional information about the scope or nature of the abuse. Information about Fr. Luce’s whereabouts is also unavailable. 

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. Robert Melancon – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Robert Melancon

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

 

Fr. Robert Melancon Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 1997

Death: 2018

Assignment History

  • 1974-1984: St. Genevieve Church (Thibodaux, LA)
  • 1985-1991: Annunziata (Houma, LA)
  • 1993-1995:  Sacred Heart Church (Cut Off, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Melancon

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Robert Melancon on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children. According to the list, Fr. Melancon was convicted of raping an 8-year-old altar boy and was sentenced to life in prison. 

1996 Trial and Conviction 

In 1996, a 17-year-old boy went to Houma police, and informed them Fr. Robert Melancon had sexually abused him from 1985 to 1991. According to reports, Fr. Melancon started “fondling and kissing” the victim in the rectory when the victim was approximately seven years old. 

Nearly two years later, the nature and frequency of the abuse reportedly began to intensify. At trial, the victim testified that Fr. Melancon raped him after weddings, baptisms, and funerals. The abuse lasted for years until Fr. Melancon transferred to the Sacred Heart Church in Cutoff. 

In less than two hours, the jury convicted Fr. Melancon, and court officials carried him to prison to begin his life sentence. 

Previous Instances of Abuse

Not only did Fr. Robert Melancon’s trial result in his conviction, it also brought an increased awareness to the priest’s sexual history with minors. During the trial, Fr. Melancon admitted he was an active pedophile and had groomed a 12-year-old boy a decade prior. 

Evidence was also introduced that another man came forward in 1993, claiming Fr. Melancon raped him when he was a teenager and that the abuse continued into the man’s 20s. The diocese reportedly settled with the man for $30,000. 

Fr. Robert Melancon’s Career and Whereabouts

Ordained in 1962, Fr. Robert Melancon spent nearly 34 years in ministry before his conviction and subsequent removal in 1997. 

Fr. Robert Melancon died in November 2018. 

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. Lawrence Cavell – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Lawrence A. Cavell

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Lawrence Cavell Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1989

Removed: 2003

Assignment History: 

  • Holy Cross Catholic Church (Morgan City, LA)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Montegut, LA) 
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church (Houma, LA) 
  • St. Genevieve Catholic Church (Thibodaux, LA) 
  • St. Mary’s Nativity Catholic Church (Raceland, LA) 
  • Archbishop Chapelle High School (Metairie, LA) 
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School (Lafayette, LA) 
  • St. Thomas More schools (Lafayette, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Lawrence Cavell

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

According to sources, the incident occurred in the late 1980s—15 years before his ordination. Diocese officials reported that the abuse involved a single act of sexually inappropriate words, not acts.

Additional details of the reported abuse are unknown at this time, as the victim requested their identity and information surrounding the abuse be kept confidential. 

Fr. Lawrence Cavell’s Career and Whereabouts 

Ordained in 1989, Cavell began his ministry at various Catholic churches throughout Louisiana. Additionally, he taught for several years at multiple Catholic schools throughout Louisiana until he was suspended from ministry in 2003. 

Additional details of Fr. Cavell’s whereabouts are unknown at this time. 

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. Dale Guidry – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Dale Guidry

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux 

Fr. Dale Guidry Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1982

Removed: 2011

Death: 2013

Assignment History

  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s (Galiano, LA)
  • 1985-1987: On Leave
  • 1987-1988: St. Theresa’s Co-Cathedral (Honolulu, HI)
  • 1988-1991: Our Lady of Sorrows (Wahiawa, HI)
  • 1991-1995: Holy Angels (Childress, TX)
  • 1991-1993: Sacred Heart (Memphis, TX)
  • 1991-1993: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Turkey, TX)
  • 1995-1999: St. Anthony’s (Dalhart, TX)
  • 1999-2008: Absent on Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Dale Guidry

In January 2019, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux publicly named Fr. Guidry on its list of priests who admitted to, or were convicted of, sexual misconduct with children after he was arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor in 2009. 

The priest pleaded guilty in 2010 and was sentenced to five years in prison. Roughly a year after his conviction, the Amarillo Diocese removed Fr. Dale Guidry from ministry. 

Previous Allegations and Leave

Although the Amarillo Diocese removed Fr. Guidry in 2011, church officials within the diocese seemingly placed him on leave nearly a decade before his conviction. According to news reports, Fr. Guidry “took a leave to pre-empt his removal.”

While details about Fr. Guidry’s leave are unknown, sources say he was accused of molesting a minor. 

Father Dale Guidry’s Career and Whereabouts

Ordained in 1982, Fr. Dale Guidry served approximately 17 years before his leave in 1999. During his career, Fr. Guidry worked in parishes in Louisiana, Texas, and Hawaii. According to his assignment history, Fr. Guidry worked with schools, as well. 

During his time at St. Theresa’s Co-Cathedral, more than 688 students were enrolled. While at Our Lady of Sorrows–a school with more than 200 students–Fr. Guidry served as the director of religious education. 

After taking leave in 1999, and before his arrest and imprisonment in 2010, Fr. Dale Guidry’s whereabouts are largely unknown. Fr. Guidry died on October 20, 2013. 

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. Claude Boudreaux – Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Father Claude Boudreaux

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Fr. Claude Boudreaux Horowitz Law

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.