11 alleged sex abuse victims file lawsuit against Diocese of Lafayette


September 19, 2018

By Lester Duhé

An alleged sexual abuse victim and 10 others have filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Lafayette and Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church.

The Petition of Damages states that more than 40 years ago, the late Father Kenneth Morvant abused Doug Bienvenu and other altar boys, by allegedly giving them alcohol and using the ‘Power of God’ to prey upon them.

This new lawsuit was just filed last Friday.

Bienvenu tells News 10 that 2 years ago he already filed 3 motions in Washington D.C., but 2 were thrown out because they said it was the wrong venue.

Now Bienvenu is hoping that the Diocese will release the list of names of other priests accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese, so what happened to him will never happen to anyone else.

“Every night he’d (Fr. Morvant) pick somebody different, but most nights it was my night. And he’d crawl in bed with us once we were sleeping when we were drunk, and he’d fondle us all night,” said Doug Bienvenu, an alleged victim.

He says that over 40 years ago beginning at the age of 8, he along with other altar boys were sexually abused by the late Father Kenneth Morvant of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, who’s grave is on holy grounds.

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