Fr. Johnny S. Savoie
Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL
Mobile archdiocesan VAC was contacted apparently in late 2013 by man alleging that Savoie had engaged in ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’ with him as a boy aged 16-18 in about 2005 at St Lawrence church in Fairhope. Archdiocesan lawyer contacted county DA in 12/13 and 1/14. DA did not investigate because at age 16, the accuser was beyond the AL age of consent. Archdiocese did not place Savoie on leave, and it is not known whether AL child protection officials were notified. The archdiocese reportedly investigated by 2/16/14, when Savoie announced to parishioners: he had been accused, he ‘adamantly denied’ the allegation, and as the archdiocese ‘has determined that there is no evidence to support the accusation,’ he ‘will remain serving as pastor of St Pius X,’ where the principal of the grammar school reports to him. In Savoie’s 9/30/14 deposition in a case accusing him of ignoring bullying complaints at the school, he stated that the Fairhope boy was working part-time at St Lawrence.
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