Deacon George Brignac

Ordained: 1976
Status: Indicted

Died: 06/29/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Multiple alleged victims, as young as age 3. Abuse included rape. Christian Brother; dismissed in 1960. Taught at St. Francis Cabrini Elementary School, St. John Vianney Prep and St. Matthew the Apostle. Ordained deacon in 1976. Assigned to Our Lady of the Rosary 1976. Worked 1984-88 at Cabrini High; a woman alleged he groped her as a student in 1984. Charged with sexual misconduct with juveniles in 1977; acquitted. Arrested 1980 and ’88. No charges. Removed from ministry 1988. Settlement 5/18 of claims of abuse of a boy, age 8, over 3 years, beginning 1979. Outcry in 2018 when found Brignac was a Metarie parish lector. Also, access to children via the Knights of Columbus. New suit 10/18 claimed abuse 1977-82 of a Holy Rosary altar boy, ages 8-13. On archdiocese’s list 11/02/18. Suit filed 12/18; settled 3/19. Arrested in 9/19, charged with first-degree rape. Pled not guilty 12/13/19. Died awaiting trial 6/29/20. Settlements with at least 17 men who claimed abuse as boys by Brignac. New lawsuit in 8/21.

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