St. Martin Parish priest used ‘alcohol … God’ to abuse 11 boys in ’70s, lawsuit claims

The Acadiana Advocate

September 20, 2018

By Ben Myers

Eleven men are pursuing sex abuse allegations in state court against a late St. Martin Parish priest, saying he used “alcohol and the power of God” to prey on them.

The plaintiffs initially filed their lawsuit last year in a Washington, D.C. district court, but the case was dismissed for lack of proper jurisdiction.

The claims against Kenneth Morvant span eight years, beginning in 1971. Plaintiffs claim Morvant preyed on them methodically, traumatizing them to the point they developed dissociative amnesia. They said they filed their initial lawsuit once they recovered their memories. They refiled it last week in the 16th Judicial District Court.

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