Victim speaks out over alleged sexual abuse at hands of former St. Martinville priest


August 27, 2018

By Rebeca Marroquin

Although the name of a sexual abuse victim isn’t normally released, Doug Bienvenu says he’s speaking out for the first time in over 40 years because he feels it’s time his story came to light.

“Some horrible things happened… This priest was molesting me, and this went on for quite a while,” he says.

He tells us he was only 9 years old when he says he experienced sexual abuse at the hands of, now deceased, Father Kenneth Morvant of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church.

“We were young, we were kids and we all wanted to be altar boys. We thought it was a cool thing and we got to get away for the weekends and spend the nights at the rectory where the priest lives,” explains Bienvenu.

He alleges that once there, the priest would provide him with alcohol and claims Morvant would wait until Beinvenu was drunk to sexually molest the then, 9-year-old boy. He says this continued until one day it was too much for the boy to handle.

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