Fr. Lawrence Hecker

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

First named publicly as accused on the archdiocese’s list 11/2/18. It notes an allegation received in 1996 of abuse in the late 1960s and the 1970s. Removed from ministry in 2002. Accused in a 4/19 lawsuit of fondling a group of boys at St. Joseph’s in Gretna in 1968. On the Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019. Per attorneys, Hecker was a serial pedophile who abused “countless” children, and the archdiocese knew for decades. The church acknowledged in 3/20 that there had been settlements in four cases involving Hecker, and said it first received an allegation in 1988. Reportedly laicized in 2018. Subject of FBI investigation in 2022.

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