Ex-deacon and Jesuit, Shaw high schools targeted by lawsuits alleging clergy abuse


September 29, 2019

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

Three new lawsuits filed last week in Orleans Parish Civil District Court allege separate cases of sexual abuse decades ago by a former deacon currently facing criminal charges, a priest at Jesuit High School and a priest and a religious brother who worked at Archbishop Shaw High School.

The suits that claim child molestation by ex-deacon George Brignac and the late Donald Pearce — a priest who was president of Jesuit during part of the 1960s — are largely under seal and do not identify the plaintiffs.

The suit alleging abuse at Shaw High by Salesian priest Ernest Fagione and James Hurley, a religious brother of the same order, is not under seal but also does not identify the plaintiff.

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