Fr. Bernard Schmaltz

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA

A man filed lawsuit in 1992 alleging abuse by Schmaltz on a 1973 fishing trip to Slidell, LA and in a rectory. Suit says the boy told several people, including pastor. Schmaltz was placed on paid leave. In 8/95, trial judge ruled plaintiff had waited too long to file suit. Schmaltz retired in 1996, saying allegations of sexual abuse had dogged his priesthood with other allegation at an earlier assignment. Allegation of abuse in 1970s were also received. Schmaltz filed suit against the archbishop for slander in 2004. Died 2/5/10. On archdiocese’s list 11/2/18. On Houma-Thibodaux diocese’s list 1/11/19. (It was established in 1977, formerly part of New Orleans archdiocese.)


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