The Diocese of Lafayette released this statement after a victim request law enforcement to get involved with the case.
FROM: DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
At the request of the victim in the case, the Diocese of Lafayette recently turned over information on abuse allegations against Msgr. Robie Robichaux to New Iberia City Police.
In September of 2018, when Bishop Deshotel first became aware of the allegations, he placed Msgr. Robichaux on administrative leave and removed him from active ministry.
The abuse reportedly occurred between 1979 and 1981. The decision was made to forward all information on the case to law enforcement authorities because it was unclear as to whether that action had been taken at the time the allegations were first reported to the Diocese in 1994. Bishop Deshotel continues to urge anyone who has information concerning allegations of abuse to contact law enforcement authorities immediately.
A STATEMENT FROM BISHOP J. DOUGLAS DESHOTEL
“Our Diocese, along with others across the state, is currently engaged in extensive and complex research to compile an accurate list of priests credibly accused of abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult and removed from ministry. We intend to release that list as soon as the process of examining 50 years of clergy files very closely and carefully is completed.”
+J. Douglas Deshotel
Bishop of Lafayette