Bishop: ‘Child pornography is a plague’

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Dominick Cross, July 28, 2016

A Breaux Bridge priest accused of possessing child pornography was held in high regard in the parish, according to Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, of the Diocese of Lafayette.

The Rev. F. David Broussard, pastor of St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge for the past two years, was arrested Wednesday by Louisiana State Police on 500 counts of possession of child pornography.

Broussard also is the chancellor of St. Bernard School in Breaux Bridge.

“As we know, in our society, child pornography is a plague,” Deshotel said. “It runs the gamut of all strata of society.”

Deshotel spoke at a news conference Wednesday regarding charges that Broussard possessed child pornography on his personal computer.

“It’s something that has to be addressed right at the beginning as soon as it’s known,” he said. “Which is why I was happy to cooperate with the state officials in dealing with that for the protection of young and innocent people.”

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