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Diocese of Lafayette releases list of accused clergy

Posted: 3:03 PM, Apr 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-12 18:12:52-04

The Diocese of Lafayette has finally released their list of of accused clergy.

Bishop Douglas Deshotel announced earlier this week that the list would be released on Friday. The Diocese of Lafayette is the last diocese in Louisiana to released their list of accused clergy.

Read the full list of those accused of sexual abuse below:

Priests facing credible accusations:

Alexander, Joseph
Year born: 1933
Year ordained: 1973
Assignments

  • St. Mark Priory, Union, Kentucky
  • Our Lady of Wisdom, Lafayette
  • Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette
  • St. Thomas More High School, Lafayette
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice.

Status: removed, 2002

Arceneaux. Jules
Year born: 1953
Year ordained: 1990
Assignments:

  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Church Point
  • St. Thomas More, Eunice
  • St. Joseph, Rayne
  • St. Francis Regis
  • St. Catherine, Arnaudville.

Status: removed, 2004

Arul, Susai
Year born: 1928
Year ordained: 1957
Assignments

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ville Platte
  • St. Catherine, Leonville
  • St. Jules, Prairie Laurent
  • St. Leo the Great, Lafayette

Status: resigned, 1988; deceased, 2002

Begnaud, Stanley
Year born: 1921
Year ordained: 1958
Assignments:

  • St. Peter the Apostle, Gueydan
  • St. Joseph, Rayne
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • St. Stephen, Berwick
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
  • Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas
  • St. Margaret of Scotland, Lake Charles
  • St. Edward, Richard
  • St. Thomas, Savoy
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Scott
  • St. Leo IV, Roberts Cove
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette

Status: retired, 1982; deceased, 1985

Benedict, Michael
Year born: 1915
Year ordained: 1943
Assignments

  • Immaculate Conception, Lake Charles
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Oakdale
  • St. Margaret of Scotland, Lake Charles
  • St. Peter, New Iberia
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mire
  • Most Holy Sacrament Convent, Lafayette

Status: retired, 1979; deceased, 1998

Broussard, David
Year born: 1966
Year ordained: 1993
Assignments:

  • St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville
  • Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas
  • St. Joseph, lota
  • St. Michael, Egan
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan
  • St. Joseph, Evangeline
  • and St. Jules, Petit Mamou
  • St. Bernard, Breaux Bridge.

Status; removed, 2016; pleaded guilty in 2018; incarcerated

Chachere, J. Richard
Year born: 1940
Year ordained: 1965
Assignments:

  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville
  • St. Anne, Youngsville.

Status: resigned, 1978; deceased, 2012

Coupar, David Anderson
Year born: 1952
Year ordained: 1980
Assignments:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Abbeville
  • St. Leo the Great, Leonville
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Krotz Springs
  • Our Lady of Victory, Loreauville
  • Catholic High, New Iberia
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Leroy

Status: resigned, 1994

de Launay, Herbert
Year born: 1948
Year ordained: 1975
Assignments

  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan
  • Our Lady Queen of All Saints, Ville Platte
  • Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Church Point
  • St. John the Baptist, Lyons Point
  • American Legion Hospital, Crowley
  • St. Ann, Mamou
  • Our Lady of Holy Rosary, Kaplan
  • St. Andrew, Plaisance
  • St. Peter, Carencro
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • St. Bernadette, Bayou Vista

Status: removed, 1999

deLeeuw, John
Year born: 1918
Year ordained: 1944
Assignments:

  • St. Martin de Tours, St. Martinville
  • St. Genevieve, Lafayette
  • St. Jules, Lafayette
  • Charity Hospital, Lafayette
  • St. Eugene, Grand Chenier
  • St. Leo the Great, Lafayette

Status: retired, 1986; removed, 2011; deceased, 2015

Desjardins, Michael
Year born: 1950
Year ordained: 1976
Assignments

  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette
  • St. Landry, Opelousas
  • St. Mary, Port Barre
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Scott
  • St. Martin de Porres, Scott
  • St. Bridget, Lawtell
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice

Status: resigned, 1992

Engbers, John Anthony
Year born: 1922
Year ordained: 1949
Assignments:

  • St. Peter, New Iberia
  • Immaculate Conception, Lake Charles
  • Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice
  • St. Helena, Louisa
  • St. Peter the Apostle, Gueydan
  • St. John the Evangelist, Mermentau
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Leroy

Status: deceased, 1989

Fontenot, Ronald Lane
Year born: 1946
Year ordained: 1975
Assignments

  • St. Peter the Apostle, Gueydan
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baldwin
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette

Status: removed, 1984; resigned, 1984; deceased, 2014

Gauthe, Gilbert John
Year born: 1945
Year ordained: 1971
Assignments:

  • St. Michael the Archangel, Crowley
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Broussard
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville
  • St. John, Henry

Status: removed, 1983; resigned, 1983; convicted, 1985

Gilbert, Aldeo Fernand
Year born: 1917
Year ordained: 1943
Assignments

  • St. Michael the Archangel, Crowley
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ville Platte
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Abbeville

Status: resigned, 1968; deceased, 2007

Guidry, Michael
Year born: 1943
Year ordained: 1971
Assignments:

  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Scott
  • St. Martin De Porres, Scott
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette
  • St. Joseph, Evangeline
  • St. Jules, Petit Mamou
  • St. John, Mermentau
  • and St. Margaret, Estherwood
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Church Point
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Krotz Springs
  • St. Joseph, Patterson
  • St. Jules, Franklin
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baldwin
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Franklin
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • St. Leo the Great, Lafayette
  • St. Peter, Morrow

Status: removed, 2018; convicted 2019

Hebert, Lloyd
Year born: 1928
Year ordained: 1957
Assignments:

  • St. Margaret of Scotland, Lake Charles
  • St. Peter the Apostle, Gueydan
  • St. Peter, New Iberia
  • St. Mary of the Lake, Big Lake
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels, Opelousas

Status: removed, 1985; deceased, 2004

Herpin, Michael
Year born: 1941
Year ordained: 1966
Assignments

  • St. Raphael, Iowa
  • St. Landry, Opelousas
  • Immaculate Conception, Lake Charles
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, Jennings
  • St. Paul, Elton; St. Joseph, Elton
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Broussard
  • Our Lady of Mercy, Henderson
  • St. Joseph, Milton

Status: removed, 2002

Larriviere, Marshall
Year born: 1937
Year ordained: 1963
Assignments:

  • St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville
  • Leave – Studies for Deaf Chaplaincy
  • Leave – Chaplain in U.S. Armed Services

Status: removed, 1994; deceased, 2014

Limoges, Robert
Year born: 1930
Year ordained: 1979
Assignments:

  • St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice
  • Our Lady of Victory, Loreauville

Status: leave, 1984; removed, 1984

Potier, Keith Anthony
Year born: 1947
Year ordained: 1973
Assignments:

  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Abbeville
  • Our Lady of Holy Rosary, Kaplan
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles
  • Our Lady of Victory, Loreauville

Status: resigned, 1981; deceased, 2009

Primeaux, David
Year born: 1950
Year ordained: 1975
Assignments:

  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Scott
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
  • Immaculata Seminary, Lafayette
  • Chancery, Lafayette
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Broussard
  • Our Lady of Wisdom, Lafayette
  • St. Joseph, Milton

Status: removed, 1985; resigned, 1985; deceased, 2012

Pullman, Valerie
Year born: 1940
Year ordained: 1965
Assignments

  • Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur
  • St. Joseph, Elton
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Lafayette
  • Our Lady of the Assumption, Carencro
  • St. Martin de Porres, Scott
  • Lake Charles Diocese

Status: removed, 1987; resigned, 1987; deceased, 2017

Quick, Harry
Year born: 1929
Year ordained: 1962
Assignments

  • St. Henry, Lake Charles
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, Jennings
  • St. Joseph, Evangeline
  • St. Thomas More, Eunice
  • St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Duson
  • Charity Hospital, Lafayette

Status: removed, 1983; resigned, 1983; deceased, 1994

Rieboldt, Richard
Year born: 1945
Year ordained: 1975
Assignments:

  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
  • St. Bernard, Breaux Bridge
  • St. Michael the Archangel, Crowley
  • St. Jules, Lafayette
  • St. John the Baptist, Lyons Point

Status: resigned, 1985; removed 1989

Robichaux, Robie
Year born: 1950
Year ordained: 1976
Assignments

  • St. Peter, New Iberia
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Abbeville
  • St. Genevieve, Lafayette
  • St. Peter, New Iberia
  • St. Joseph, lota
  • St. Jules, Petit Mamou
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Broussard
  • St. Edmond, Lafayette
  • St. Patrick, Lafayette
  • St. Mary Mother of the Church, Lafayette
  • St. Leo the Great, Lafayette

Status: removed, 2018

Simoneaux, Jody
Year born: 1955
Year ordained: 1982
Assignments:

  • St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice
  • St. Anne, Youngsville
  • St. Genevieve, Lafayette
  • St. John the Evangelist, Jeanerette

Status: removed, 2018

Smit, Gerard
Year born: 1924
Year ordained: 1950
Assignments

  • St. Joseph, Iota
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles
  • St. Anne, Youngsville
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bosco (Mire)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chataignier
  • Our Lady of Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles
  • St. John Berchmans, Cankton
  • Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur
  • St. Raphael, Iowa

Status: retired, 1986; removed 2002

Toussaint, Jean
Year born: 1910
Year ordained: 1934
Assignments:

  • St. Julien Chapel, Chataignier
  • St. Joseph, Ville Platte
  • and Little Flower, Pins Clairs
  • St. Mary, Port Barre
  • Holy Trinity, Washington

Status: deceased, 1977

Van Hal, Adrian Walter
Year born: 1912
Year ordained: 1937
Assignments:

  • St. Genevieve, Lafayette
  • Lake Arthur Evangeline Cameron (Creole?)
  • St. John the Evangelist, Melville
  • Chaplain, U.S. Army
  • St. John the Evangelist, Jeanerette
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles
  • Our Lady of Mercy, Opelousas

Status: deceased, 1970

Van Merrianboer, Cornelius
Year born: 1898
Year ordained: 1924
Assignments:

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Lake Charles
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Creole
  • St. John the Evangelist, Mermentau

Status: resigned, 1933; deceased, 1960

Veilleux, Rosaire
Year born: 1930
Year ordained: 1958
Assignments

  • St. Anne, Youngsville
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Church Point
  • St. Peter, Carencro
  • St. Genevieve, Lafayette
  • St. John Vianney, Bell City

Status: resigned, 1973; deceased, 1986

Zaunbrecher, Charles
Year born: 1931
Year ordained: 1957
Assignments:

  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Eunice
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Abbeville
  • St. Jules, Lafayette
  • St. Michael the Archangel, Crowley
  • St. Edward, Richard
  • St. Leo IV, Roberts Cove
  • St. Joseph, lota
  • St. John the Baptist, Lyons Point
  • St. Joseph, Milton
  • Little Flower, Mobile, Alabama

Status: retired, 1995; deceased, 1996

Deacons with credible accusations against them regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult

Breaux, Lester
Year born: 1920
Year ordained: 1977
Assignments

  • St Peter, Carencro

Status: resigned, 1984; deceased, 1996

Broussard, Willis
Year born: 1927
Year ordained: 1977
Assignments:

  • St John the Evangelist, Mermentau

Status: resigned, 1990

Freyou, Leonard J.
Year born: 1926
Year ordained: 1977
Assignments:

  • St Nicholas, Lydia

Status: deceased, 2006

Hanemann, Louis
Year born: 1948
Year ordained: 1983
Assignments

  • St Genevieve, Lafayette
  • Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina

Status: left, 1986; removed 2002

View the release from the Diocese of Lafayette below:

On Thursday, The Dioces of Lake Charles released their list of accused clergy. Read more here:  Diocese of Lake Charles releases list of accused clergy

In January, KATC released a list of accused priests in the Diocese of Lafayette. Our producers and reporters scoured thousands of pages of documents – all public records – to find support for these accusations in the form of criminal charges, civil suit settlements, diocese statements, and court case evidence. Some of those records are recent, some decades old.

The List can be found here.  The List: Accusations of Abuse in The Diocese of Lafayette (Part 1)

The second part of our series focused on promises kept by the Diocese of Lafayette. That story can be read here:  The List: Were promises kept? (Part 2)

While the diocese is still working to release its own list, our investigation also uncovered questions about recent transparency and openness in the diocese. The third part in our series can be viewed here:  The List: Transparency and openness (Part 3)

More can be read here:  The List: A KATC Special Report

How to get help

KATC recognizes that hearing these stories will trigger memories and anguish for victims.

If you’ve been the victim of a sexual assault and you need help, there is help available.

We’ve put together a list of locations to find help, and numbers to call for help.  You can find it here .

If you believe that a crime has been committed, please call your local law enforcement, or dial 911.

Contact the investigative team:

Jim Hummel  –  Jhummel@katctv.com

Wynce Nolley  –  Wnolley@katctv.com

Angie Simoneaux  –  Asimoneaux@katctv.com

Letitia Walker – Lwalker@katctv.com