Fr. Mark Richard

Ordained: 1996
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Arrested in 1/97 after found with a 14-year-old boy in a van parked on dead-end road at 1:30 in the morning. Richard claimed the boy had problems and wanted to talk. Placed on leave and suspended him from priestly ministry. Richard and the boy both denied any wrong-doing and charges were dropped. Bishop wanted further evaluation. Soon after charges were dropped, Richard was “quietly forced to resign.”

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