Calcasieu

Apr 2, 2012 10:41 PM by Shawn Kline

Priest arrested again after another alleged victim comes forward

Another victim steps forward accusing a former Lake Charles priest of more sex crimes.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says after more than 20-years of silence, a second victim has told detectives his story.
Mark A. Broussard served with the Diocese of Lake Charles with at least three different churches until 1994 when he resigned from the priesthood. He now faces 100 counts of sexual battery and another 40 counts of aggravated rape in addition to more charges from a separate victim.

"These incidents were documented but never reported to law enforcement," Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Macuso said.

The Sheriff says Broussard sexually abused a total of four children in the late 80's and early 90's and each of these cases was documented by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

So, why weren't these reported earlier? Mancuso says at the time this was going on, it wasn't required to report such crimes.

"The church immediately contacted us when they heard of these allegations recently," Sheriff Mancuso emphasized.

It took another 20-years to rediscover the documents alleging sexual abuse at two different churches: St. Henry Catholic Church and Our Lady Queen of Heaven, both in Lake Charles.

Sheriff Mancuso says Broussard was relocated after each incident before resigning in 1994 from St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier.

"We trust our children with certain people whether it be a law enforcement officer, a nurse, a doctor, a clergy," the Sheriff said. "Any time that trust is broken it raises a red flag for all of us."

The Diocese of Lake Charles has yet to answer any questions regarding the incriminating documents alleging Broussard's multiple crimes against children.

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