UPDATED 6/14/18, 11 a.m.: Archdiocese of Lafayette Bishop J. Douglas Deshotels has released a statement following Father Michael Guidry’s confession that he plied a 16-year-old boy with alcohol and sexually assaulted him 18 years ago.
In the statement, reprinted below, he still does not address previous claims against the Diocese for allegations made against other priests that have been settled in the past. After the allegations against Guidry were made public, media outlets requested a list of those settlements. The Diocese has refused to make the information public.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the arrest and subsequent confession of Father Michael Guidry on charges of sexual molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. I offer my prayers, support and sincere apology to the victim and his family. Sexual abuse of a minor is a crime and a sin against the sixth and fifth commandments. Abuse violates a victim’s trust in an assault, a professional, an authority figure and especially a member of the clergy. I pray that the victim finds healing in God’s love and the support of friends.
“As soon as this event was known, the Diocese initiated an investigation, placed Father Guidry on administrative leave, and contacted law enforcement. These protocols are all part of the ‘Safe Environment’ program for the protection of children and young adults. Every employee of the Diocese of Lafayette must sign off on this program. The Diocese has cooperated fully and willingly with law enforcement authorities in this case and will continue to do so as criminal proceedings continue.
“The Diocese will continue to provide personal ministry and support to the parishes in Morrow and Whiteville.
“As always, I ask that anyone having knowledge of or suspects that child abuse has occurred, to contact law enforcement or the Diocese of Lafayette.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On Monday, May 21, 2018 the Juvenile Section of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation of sexual misconduct when a male victim reported that he was molested (sexually assaulted) by his hometown priest, Father Steven Michael Guidry.”
According to the report, the assault occurred when he was 16 years old at Father Guidry’s home in Morrow.
On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Father Guidry reported to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office with his attorney and confessed that he provided the victim with alcohol and admitted to the sexual assault.
Father Guidry surrendered to authorities around 6AM this morning at the parish jail and was charged with molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Father Guidry’s bond has been set at $21,500.
Original story can be found here.