April 27, 2020
By Chris Welty
The release of a priest convicted of molesting a teenage boy is raising questions for the judicial system and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Guidry is out on bail tonight.
One-year-ago this week, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with three years suspended, after pleading guilty to molestation of a juvenile.
According to court records, Guidry’s defense counsel, Jane Hogan, requested an emergency appeal hearing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidry’s attorney appeared before the court through video conference and waived her defendant’s appearance. Guidry’s defense then submitted an emergency motion for bail, which the court granted and set at $10,000 over objections from state prosecutors.
Survivors of clergy sex abuse want accountability.
“This perp is a dangerous perpetrator and what does that say to the individual he sexually abused? I don’t care how long ago it was,” said Kevin Bourgeois.
He’s a survivor of clergy sex abuse and a volunteer leader of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests in New Orleans. Bourgeois is disturbed that convicted priest Michael Guidry is out on house arrest.
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