Fr. Robert L. Melancon

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA

Arrested in 6/95. Had already been placed on leave and sent for therapy. Charged with raping an 8-year-old altar boy repeatedly 1985-91. In 7/95 someone gave Melancon’s attorney a $1M cashier’s check to pay for bail. Convicted in 6/96. Sentenced to life without parole. Accuser settled a civil suit with diocese for $800K. Church paid $30K in 1993 to settle with another person who had a “relationship” with Melancon as a minor. Melancon reported to have admitted during trial to “sexual relationship” with a 12-year-old at St. Genevieve’s in Thibodaux. Died in prison 11/5/18, age 82. On diocese’s list 1/11/19.

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