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UPDATE: Bishop comments on priest's arrest

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Lafayette's Bishop has released a statement on the arrest this morning of a priest who allegedly admitted to molesting a 16-year-old parishioner. 

Bishop Douglas Deshotel said he was "deeply saddened" to learn of Father Michael Guidry's arrest and confession.

"I offer my prayers, support and sincere apology to the victim and his family," the Bishop writes. "Sexual abuse is a crime and a sin against the sixth and fifth commandments....I pray that the victim finds healing and God's love and the support of friends."

You can read the entire statement for yourself by scrolling down. 

As we reported this morning, Guidry, Pastor of St. Peter Church in Morrow and Resurrection Chapel in Whiteville, had been placed on administrative leave while allegations of sexual abuse against Guidry are investigated.

KATC's Kendria LaFleur was LIVE at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office with more information. 

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct on Monday, May 21. Investigators say that a male victim reported to the Juvenile Section of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office that he was molested (sexually assaulted) by his hometown priest, Father Steven Michael Guidry.

According to the report, the assault occurred at Father Guidry's home in Morrow when the victim was 16 years old.

Deputies say that Father Guidry reported to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. According to deputies, Guidry confessed that he provided the victim with alcohol and admitted to the sexual assault.     

Father Guidry surrendered to authorities this morning at the parish jail and was booked on charges of molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. His bond was set at $21,500. He posted the bond and was released Thursday morning. 

Read more about the allegations, here and watch the press conference held by the Diocese of Lafayette on the abuse allegations

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