Accused child predator Lawrence Hecker in ICU

WDSU [New Orleans]

January 26, 2024

A 92-year-old former priest, Lawrence Hecker, who was arrested and accused of rape and kidnapping, is currently hospitalized in the ICU.

Hecker’s attorney told a judge in court Friday that Hecker tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and was admitted for blood pressure issues and a UTI.

The prosecution in the case said Hecker’s ailments are treatable and that the hospital is working to discharge him.

It is unclear at this time when Hecker will be released from the hospital.

A status update in the case is expected on Feb. 23.

His trial is set for March 25, which was not changed in court Friday. The judge did not announce any delays due to Hecker’s health.