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Allegation of sexual misconduct between Gonzales pastor and minor

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Officials from the Diocese of Baton Rouge say that on November 8, 2017, a woman in her thirties wrote a complaint of sexual misconduct against Fr. Eric Gyan. Gyan currently serves as pastor of St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Gonzales.

The report accuses Gyan of an incident in 1996 when the woman was a minor, and Fr. Gyan was pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Brusly.

The Diocese says this is the only complaint they've ever received about Gyan. The diocese’s victim assistance coordinator, Mrs. Amy Cordon, has spoken to the person making the allegation and offered assistance on behalf of the diocese.

"Following the diocese’s own policy regarding sexual abuse of minors by an employee when an allegation is made, and in compliance with the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the diocese immediately notified civil officials of the allegation and assured them of our full cooperation. The diocese also informed the person who made the allegation that she had the right to contact civil officials. As required by canon law, and the aforementioned policies, trained professional lay persons were appointed by the diocese to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the matter. In addition, the Independent Review Board of the diocese was notified."

The investigation is ongoing, and no decision has been made to remove Fr. Gyan from his current pastoral service.

Fr. Gayn denies the allegation.

If anyone has information that can assist the diocese concerning this matter, please contact Mrs. Amy Cordon in the diocesan Victim Assistance Office at 225-242-0250

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