WATCH LIVE: Bishop Deshotel with the Diocese of Lafayette gives an update on the abuse allegations made against an Acadiana priest. The video of the press conference can be watched below:
The Diocese of Lafayette says that it is investigating and has reported allegations of abuse of a minor brought against a priest in St. Landry Parish.
The following is a full statement from the Diocese:
The Diocese of Lafayette was informed this week of an allegation of abuse of a minor. The alleged incident occurred several years ago, and the alleged victim is now an adult. The Diocese and the alleged victim have reported the allegation to law enforcement authorities and the Diocese is assisting and cooperating fully with the civil investigation.
The allegations have been made against Father Michael Guidry, Pastor of St. Peter Church in Morrow and Resurrection Chapel in Whiteville. In accordance with Diocesan policy, Father Guidry has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the civil and Diocesan investigations.
Out of respect and in the interest of privacy of the alleged victim, the Diocese will provide no further details concerning the case. During the interim, Bishop Deshotel has appointed Father Tom Voorhies as administrator of St. Peter Church and Resurrection Chapel.
The Diocese of Lafayette provides crisis counseling for anyone suffering from abuse. The Diocese further encourages anyone with knowledge or cause to believe abuse has occurred to contact civil authorities.
At this time, Bishop Deshotel and the Diocese of Lafayette will have no further comment.