Houma-Thibodeaux Diocese names 14 priests with credible claims involving sexual abuse of children

Jim Hanzo
January 11, 2019 - 1:51 pm
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Catholic Church officials in the Houma and Thibodeaux areas have named 14 priests including those who are accused of sexual misconduct involving children which include rape.  Of those named, 6 priests have admitted or were convicted of sexual misconduct with children as well as 3 others who faced civil litigation.  

Another five are accused of serious and unacceptable conduct with minors which could include anything from inapproriate physical contact, to molestation of a minor.  

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre released the list along with a letter expressing his and the diocese’s apologies for the victims impacted.

“Let me be clear: the abuse of a child by anyone is sinful, abhorrent and evil, particularly when perpetrated by one vested with the sacred trust of God’s children. Furthermore, any attempt to cover up these sins is even more disturbing. I apologize to all who have been harmed. It is with deep respect and profound reverence that I humbly extend this apology,” Fabre wrote in part.

 

Here are the names of those priests:  

 

LAWRENCE CAVELL

Ordained in 1989
Admitted to solicitation of a minor
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City, Sacred Heart in Montegut, Saint Francis de Sales in Houma,
Saint Genevieve in Thibodaux, and Saint Mary in Raceland


ALEXANDER FRANCISCO

Ordained in 1979
Admitted to inappropriate physical contact with a minor
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City, Saint Bernadette in Houma, Saint Bridget in Schriever, Saint
Joseph in Thibodaux, and Saint Thomas Aquinas in Thibodaux


DALE GUIDRY

Ordained in 1982
Pled guilty to online solicitation of a minor and accused of molestation of a minor
All priestly faculties permanently removed within the Diocese
Died October 20, 2013
Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City and Saint Joseph in Galliano


PATRICK KUJAWA

Ordained in 1996
Pled guilty to possession of child pornography
Convicted and currently incarcerated
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City and Saint Francis de Sales in Houma


ROBERT MELANCON

Ordained in 1962
Convicted of aggravated rape of a minor
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Died November 5, 2018
Served at Annunziata in Houma, Sacred Heart in Cut Off, and Saint Genevieve in Thibodaux


CARLOS MELENDEZ

Priest of the Missionaries of Christ Crucified in El Salvador
Accused of inappropriate physical contact with a minor and pled guilty to misdemeanor battery
against a minor
All priestly faculties permanently removed within the Diocese
United States Immigration returned him to his native El Salvador
Current status or location unknown
Served in Diocesan Hispanic Ministry
The following priests are the subject of credible allegations of sexual molestation of a minor that were the subject of civil litigation:

ETIENNE LEBLANC

Ordained in 1971
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Annunziata in Houma, Holy Cross in Morgan City, Holy Family in Dulac, Saint Eloi in
Theriot, Sacred Heart in Cut Off, Saint Hilary in Mathews, and Saint Thomas Aquinas in Thibodaux


GERALD PRINZ

Ordained in 1968
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Saint Francis de Sales in Houma, Saint Gregory in Houma, and Saint Louis in Bayou Blue


BERNARD SCHMALTZ

Ordained in 1973
Died February 5, 2010
All priestly faculties permanently removed within the Diocese
Served at Annunziata in Houma
The following priests are the subject of credible allegations of serious and unacceptable conduct with minors, ranging from inappropriate physical contact of a minor to molestation of a minor:


CLAUDE BOUDREAUX

Jesuit priest who offered weekend assistance in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Ordained in 1955
All priestly faculties permanently removed within the Diocese
Died August 5, 2016


GERARD KINANE

Priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Ordained in 1973
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Saint Hilary in Mathews


RAMON LUCE

Priest of the Diocese of San Pablo in the Philippines
Ordained in 1995
All priestly faculties permanently removed within the Diocese
Voluntarily left the priesthood
Served at Holy Savior in Lockport


DAC NGUYEN

Priest of the Society of Domus Dei
Ordained in 1988
All priestly faculties permanently removed within the Diocese
Current status or location unknown
Served at Thanh Gia (Holy Family) in Amelia


DANIEL POCHE

Ordained in 1978
All priestly faculties permanently removed by the Diocese
Served at Holy Cross in Morgan City, Sacred Heart in Cut Off, Saint Bernadette in Houma, Saint
Francis de Sales in Houma, Saint Hilary in Mathews, and Saint Joseph in Chauvin
 

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