Former director of ArcGNO has bond set, new details emerge from court

WDSU [New Orleans]

December 16, 2021

By WDSU Digital Team

A bond hearing was held Thursday for the former director of Arc of Greater New Orleans.Advertisement

Stephen Sauer is facing sex crime charges, and investigators say there could be more victims. He attended his hearing via Zoom.

His bond was set at $75,000.

Sauer was ordered to stay away from the victims, and if he didn’t, would be subject to arrest.

He also will be on house arrest if he posts bail.

According to court documents, on July 23 JPSO was contacted by the New York District Attorney’s Office.

Documents show Sauer had sent a hard drive to a company based in New York for repairs.

The company found a couple of hundred images of sexual assaults that happened in the Metairie area on the hard drive and turned it over to the district attorney’s office in New York, according to court documents.

Documents state the adult men pictured were either asleep, unconscious or under the influence of an unknown substance, and various stages of undress.

There were also images of the victims’ driver’s licenses, according to the documents.

JPSO received the device and executed a warrant.

Sauer is accused of video voyeurism and sexual battery. He was removed from his position with ArcGNO, a nonprofit group that works to help people with special needs gain independence.

Sauer is also a former Jesuit priest.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the SNAP organization said they think there may be more cases that have not come to light yet.

Anyone who believes they are a victim or know another victim is asked to call JPSO at 504-364-5300.