Attorney for church abuse victim says more alleged victims are coming forward


June 27, 2018

By Rob Masson

The lawyer for a sexual abuse victim who landed a large settlement against the Archdiocese said more potential victims are coming forward. The victim said things should have never gone this far.

Attorney Roger Stetter has litigated nearly 80 cases against the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Last week, Stetter landed a half-million-dollar settlement from the Archdiocese for a man who said teacher and former Deacon George Brignac raped and sexually abused him at Holy Rosary Church.

“Fondled me at the school, at his desk, in his car and in his home,” said the victim.

Stetter said more alleged victims are now calling his office.

“I’ve already had a couple, three, calls,” Stetter said. “I have a client coming in Thursday, another at Holy Rosary next week. I think there will be others.”

Brignac taught at three local Catholic schools in the late 1970s. The Jefferson Parish D.A.’s office prosecuted him for allegedly abusing three young boys at St. Matthew’s in River Ridge back in 1978. Brignac was acquitted, and the Archdiocese then moved him across parish lines to Holy Rosary school in New Orleans.

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