Breaux Bridge Priest Pleads Not Guilty to 20 Child Porn Charges
May 3, 2017
Nearly 10 months after his arrest in a child pornography investigation, a Roman Catholic priest made his first court appearance on Tuesday to plead not guilty to the alleged crimes.
Felix David Broussard, 51, has been formally charged with 20 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles. He appeared in 16th Judicial Court in St. Martin Parish on Tuesday for an arraignment.
State Police arrested Broussard in July 2016 on accusations he possessed at least 500 images of child pornography on his computer. He reportedly confessed to the crimes, according to a copy of his arrest warrant.
The warrant stated the images depicted children appearing in age from infancy to about 12 years old and included images of their genitals, of children engaging in intercourse with other children and of adults sexually abusing children.
Broussard is on suspension from his priestly duties and has retained criminal defense attorney Tommy Guilbeau to represent him in the case.
Guilbeau declined comment when reached by phone on Tuesday.