Monday, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office re-arrested former priest Mark A. Broussard, 56, 132 Canary Lane, Duson, at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged him with 100 counts of sexual battery and 40 counts of aggravated rape.
The alleged victim is one of the four young boys Broussard indicated while he was a priest he had sexual contact with which is documented in his personnel file but never reported to law enforcement.
The investigation revealed the incidents involving this victim occurred between January 1986 and December 1991 when the boy was between the ages of 11-16 years of age.
The victim is now 36 years old. He stated all of the incidents occurred at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Lake Charles, LA where Broussard was a priest and where the victim attended school and church.
Judge Clayton Davis set Broussard's bond at $2,000,000. Broussard was first arrested on March 22 and charged with 2 counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery of an 8 year old victim between approximately 1986 and 1989.
He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $1,020,000 bond.
Victims of sexual crimes have 30 years after their 18thbirthday to report incidents to law enforcement.
CPSO Detective Kathy LeBlanc is the lead investigator on this case.
The Diocese of Lake Charles previously addressed this very serious matter and has no further comment at this time. Bishop Provost offers his prayers and concerns to all victims of sexual abuse and their families and pledges his continued cooperation and that of the Diocese to the civil authorities.
Survivor Abuse Network Issues Statement on Arrested Priest
The following is a statement from SNAP.
We are grateful that Fr. Mark Broussard has been apprehended and will be prevented from harming more children. We are extremely upset and disturbed, however, at the revelation that documents were found in this predator priest's file that detailed sexual contact with at least four other children. It is unconscionable that someone could have knowledge of these depraved crimes and yet do nothing to stop them.
We hope that Louisiana law enforcement officials will look beyond Fr. Broussard's crimes and investigate the clear cover-up that took place at St. Henry Catholic Church. Officials at the Diocese of Lake Charles, especially Bishop Glen John Provost should become targets of this investigation as well. The fact that they knew of Fr. Broussard's disturbing crimes and relocated him instead of turning him over to police is egregious and should be severely punished.
At the same time, we hope the arrest of this predator will embolden his other victims to come forward, get help, and make a report to police. Now that Fr. Broussard has been criminally charged, we hope these survivors can end their suffering in silence. We encourage anyone who may also have seen or suspected Fr. Broussard's crimes to come forward to police as well and do whatever they can to assist in this investigation.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
A former Catholic Priest has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a child. Fifty six year old Mark Broussard has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery.
The alleged victim was an eight year old boy who is now 34. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Ton Mancuso says his office learned of the case from the Diocese of Lake Charles.
According to the allegations the abuse took place while Broussard was serving as a priest at Saint Henry Catholic Church during a three year period, between 1986 and 1989.
Broussard left Saint Henry in 1992 and was relocated to Saint Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier until he resigned from the priesthood in 1994.
State District Judge David Richie has set Broussard's bond at over one million dollars.
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