In the 1980’s KLFY’s investigative reporter Dee Stanley broke the story about Lafayette priest Gilbert Gauthe whose court cases drew nationwide attention.
Gauthe admitted to raping or sodomizing 37 children dating back to 1972 in Broussard.
In 1986, he pleaded guilty to 11 counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released a decade early.
Gauthe’s victims are believed to be considerably more, like near 100, according to bishopaccountability.org, a watchdog website on child sex abuse and the clergy.
Accusations of sex crimes involving Roman Catholic priests and Acadiana Children might date back some seven decades, court records reveal.
That includes two cases in the past few years.
The most recent occurrence was the case of Father Steven Michael Guidry in St. Landry Parish.
In June, 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, according to officials.