Former Lake Area Priest Indicted on Sex Charges
By Elona Weston, Cedric Haynes
August 9, 2012
|Mark Anthony Broussard (Source: CPSO)|
The former Lake Area priest accused of sexually assaulting several children decades ago was indicted Thursday by a Calcasieu Parish grand jury on 10 sex-related charges.
Mark Anthony Broussard, 56, faces three counts of molestation of a juvenile, two counts of aggravated oral sexual battery, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of rape and one count of sexual battery.
Broussard was a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. He left the church in 1992 and relocated to St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier. He resigned from the priesthood in 1994.
The case against Broussard involves several alleged victims.
Broussard was first arrested in March and charged with two counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery after authorities said an investigation revealed that he had inappropriate contact with an 8-year-old boy between 1986 and 1989.
The investigation continued and Broussard was rearrested April 2 and charged with additional 100 counts of sexual battery and 40 counts of aggravated rape after an investigation into claims made by another victim, who is now 36-years-old, authorities said.
On June 27, Broussard was arrested once again, and charged with 24 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and six additional counts of sexual battery after authorities said further investigation revealed Broussard had inappropriate sexual contact with an 8-year-old victim between 1986 and 1987.
Broussard is being represented by attorney Tom Lorenzi.