Alleged Abuse: A deacon’s son came forward to allege Guidry had given him alcohol and molested him. After his arrest in 2018, he confessed.
Where he is now: Out on bond, awaiting trial in St. Landry Parish
Michael Guidry, who most recently was pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Morrow, was arrested in June 2018 after a deacon’s son came forward to allege the priest had given him alcohol and molested him.
In December 2018, a bill of information was filed, formally charging Guidry with molestation of a juvenile, court records show.
At the time of his arrest, deputies told KATC that the priest had confessed.
The victim and his parents sued Guidry and the Diocese in August, claiming that a Diocesan official said they would discontinue therapy for the victim and his family should they file suit. The family’s attorney also provided a letter from the Diocese acknowledging that there was a luncheon held in Guidry’s honor after the allegations were reported.
In March 2018, Guidry formally pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual molestation of a juvenile, which carries with it a potential sentence of five to 10 years in jail.
In April 2018, a St. Landry Parish judge sentenced Guidry to the maximum sentence, 10 years in jail, but suspended three years. Guidry was taken into custody immediately after the hearing.
Guidry is currently serving his sentence at Dixon Correctional Facility in Jackson.
To see KATC’s extensive coverage of Guidry, check here.
1971-1973: St. John’s Cathedral, Lafayette
1974-1976: Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette
1977-1983: Saints Peter & Paul Church, Scott
1984: St. Jonh’s Cathedral, Lafayette
1985-1986: St. Joseph’s Church, Evangeline
1986: St. John The Evangelist, Mermentau
1987-1988: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Church Point
1989-1990: St. Anthony’s Church, Krotz Springs
1990-1998: St. Joseph Church, Patterson
1998-2004: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Iberia
2006-2018: St. Peter Church, Morrow
2018: Removed from ministry
2019: Sentenced to serve 7 years in jail