List of priests accused of sexual misconduct with ties to S’port-Bossier released by Diocese of Alexandria

17 priests accused of sex child abuse have Shreveport ties

NORTHWEST LOUISIANA (KSLA) - The Diocese of Alexandria released a list of priests accused of sexual misconduct that have past ties to Shreveport-Bossier and surrounding communities on Wednesday.

The Diocese of Shreveport was founded in 1986. Prior to that, Shreveport, Bossier City Catholic churches and organizations belonged to what was known as Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport.

“The priests listed below were priests of the Diocese of Alexandria who were assigned in parishes at various times in your territory before the establishment of the Diocese of Shreveport in 1986," said Bishop David P. Talley in a letter written to the public. "From our records the allegations made against these men date from their time as priests in the Diocese of Alexandria.”

Because of the formation of the Diocese of Shreveport, all historical documents and records (including files on Priests) remained in Alexandria according to Church protocol.

This list shows only those priests that had ties to Shreveport-Bossier City churches and some in neighboring communities.

Bishop Talley says The diocese looked through hundreds of records going back to the year 1853. The bishop says he believes they’ve done everything then can to give a truthful record of those accused during the long history of the diocese.

In a letter from the Very Rev. Peter B. Mangum, the Diocesan Administrator — he noted that a priest’s assignment in this area does not mean that any allegation stemmed from their assignment in Northwest Louisiana.

Below are two priests whose whereabouts are unknown. Both were born in 1930 and would be 88.

Donald Rogers

Parish Served: St. Catherine of Siena, Shreveport

  • An  allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor dating back to 1962 was brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2004.
  • Fr. Rogers was removed from active ministry in 1967.
  • Fr. Rogers was  laicized in 1974.
  • Review of Fr. Rogers’ file in 2019  showed evidence of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct  and abuse of minors.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. Victor Sepsi

Parish Served: St. Catherine of Siena, Shreveport

  • Review of Fr. Sepsi’s file in 2019 showed evidence of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the 1960s.
  • Fr. Sepsi left the diocese and active ministry in 1967.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.
  • Fr. Sepsi was born in 1930 and would be 88 at the time of this letter. His whereabouts are unknown.

The following list of priests have since died.

Fr. Edward T. Allen

Parishes Served: St. Theresa, Shreveport, St. Lucy, Hodge

  • An  allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor dating back to 1973 was brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2005.
  • The accusation was deemed credible.
  • Fr. Allen resigned from active ministry in 2005.
  • A settlement was made with the victim in 2012.
  • Fr. Allen died in 2018

Fr. William Allison

Parishes Served: Our Lady of Fatima, Monroe & Christ the King, Bossier City

  • An  allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor dating back to 1961 was brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2004.
  • Fr. Allison died in 1986.
  • Review of Fr. Allison’s file in 2019 showed evidence corroborating the allegation.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019  and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. William C. Bressler

Parish Served: St. Catherine of Siena, Shreveport

  • Multiple  allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male and female minors dating back to the 1960s were brought  before the Permanent Review Board in 2004 and again in 2005 and were deemed credible.
  • Fr. Bressler died in 1990.
  • Settlements were made with  the victims in 2006 and 2017.
  • Review of Fr. Bresslers’ file in 2019 showed evidence corroborating the allegations.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.

Msgr. Paul Conway

Parishes Served: Christ the King, Bossier City & St. Lucy, Hodge

  • Allegations of  sexual misconduct and abuse of female minors dating back to 1956 was brought before the Permanent Review  Board in 2004 and after investigation the allegations were deemed credible.
  • Msgr. Conway died 1996.
  • Settlements were paid to the victims in 2005 and in 2017.

Fr. Francis O. Couvillion

Parishes Served: St. Francis Sanitarium, Monroe; Sacred Heart, Rayville & Sacred Heart, Springhill

  • Review of Fr. Couvillion’s file in 2019 revealed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating  back to the 1950s.
  • Fr. Couvillion died in 1978.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. Francis P. Donohoe

Parishes served: Holy Rosary, Shreveport, St. Matthew, Monroe & Little Flower of Jesus, Monroe

  • Former Capuchin friar, incardinated in the Diocese of Alexandria by Bishop Desmond in 1942.
  • Review of Fr. Donohoe’s file in 2019 showed evidence of  multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating from the 1960s.
  • Bishop Greco  asked for and received Fr. Donohoe’s resignation as pastor and he was  removed from active ministry in 1966.
  • Fr. Donohoe died in 1983.
  • This evidence was presented to the Permanent  Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. Harvey Fortier

Parishes Served: Christ the King, Bossier City & St. Margaret, Homer

  • Review of Fr. Fortier’s file in 2019 revealed  an allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor dating back  to 1954.
  • An allegation was  made of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor in 1994.
  • The allegation was deemed credible.
  • A settlement was made with the victim in 1995.
  • Fr. Fortier died in 1999.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent  Review Board in 2019  and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. John Franklin

Parish Served: Holy Trinity, Shreveport

  • An allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male  minor dating back to 1966 was brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2004 and after investigation, the allegations were  deemed credible.  A settlement was made with the victim in 2005.
  • Fr. Franklin left the diocese in 1973.
  • Fr. Franklin died in Alabama in 1986.
  • Review of Fr. Franklin’s file in 2019 showed further evidence of sexual misconduct and  abuse of male minors.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019  and the allegations were deemed credible.

Msgr. Robert Friend

Parish Served: St. Joseph, Zwolle

  • An  allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor dating back to 1954 was brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2004.
  • Msgr. Friend died 1977.
  • The allegation was deemed credible and a settlement was made with the victim in 2005.

Moise R. Gremillion

Parishes Served: St. John the Baptist, Many; Holy Trinity, Shreveport; St. Matthew, Monroe; Sacred Heart, Rayville &St. Clement, Vivian

  • Review of Fr. Gremillion’s  file in 2019 revealed  multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating  from the 1960s.
  • Fr. Gremillion retired from active ministry in  1969.
  • Fr. Gremillion died in 1973.
  • This evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019  and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. Michael G. Hannon

Parishes Served: St. Joseph, Monroe & St. Matthew, Monroe

  • Review of Fr. Hannon’s file in 2019 showed evidence of  multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating from the 1960s.
  • Fr. Hannon left the diocese in 1963.
  • Fr. Hannon was incardinated in the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York in 1982.
  • Fr. Hannon died in 2000.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. Kenneth Mathews

Parish Served: Christ the King, Bossier City

  • Review of Fr. Mathews’ file in 2019 showed evidence of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the 1980s.
  • Fr. Mathews left active ministry on a  leave of absence in 1998.
  • Fr. Mathews died in 2008.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019  and the allegations were deemed credible.

Fr. Louis Senesac, CSV

Parish Served: St. Clement, Vivian

  • A priest of the  Clerics of Saint Viator.
  • Review of Fr. Senesac’s file in 2019 showed evidence of an allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor dating back to 1945.
  • Fr. Senesac was removed from active  ministry in the diocese.
  • Fr. Senesac died in 1966.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019  and the allegation was deemed credible.

Msgr. H. Clinton Teacle

Parish Served: St. Joseph, Shreveport

  • Allegations  of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the 1960s were brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2009.
  • Msgr. Teacle died in 1969.
  • Review of Msgr. Teacle’s file in 2019 showed further evidence of sexual misconduct and  abuse of male minors.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent  Review Board in 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.

Léger Tremblay

Parishes Served: Holy Rosary, Shreveport & St. Joseph, Mansfield

  • Allegations  of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the 1950s and  1960s were brought before the Permanent Review Board in 2003 and again in 2005.
  • Fr. Tremblay  died in 2002.
  • Settlements were made in 2004  and in 2005.
  • Review of Fr. Tremblay’s file in 2019 showed further evidence of sexual misconduct and  abuse of male minors.
  • The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in 2019  and the allegations were deemed credible.

Since its inception in June 1986, the Diocese of Shreveport has not had any reports of sexual misconduct.

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