Priest Removed Amid Sex Allegation
He Was Once Deacon at St. Francis De Sales

September 1, 2007

A Catholic priest who once served in parishes in New Orleans, Reserve and Westwego has been removed from ministry on an unspecified allegation of sexual impropriety.

The Rev. Etienne LeBlanc has been relieved of his duties as pastor of Annunziata Parish in Houma by Bishop Sam Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.

LeBlanc has denied the allegations, Jacobs said.

Jacobs told Annunziata parishioners last week that the church was investigating an allegation of sexual impropriety lodged against LeBlanc.

Jacobs declined to give any details, but said the diocese was following its policy for handling complaints involving the sexual abuse of minors. He said the complaint did not involve anyone at Annunziata Parish.

Before being ordained, LeBlanc served as a deacon at St. Francis de Sales Parish in New Orleans from 1970-71, the diocese said. After becoming a priest, he served at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Reserve from 1971-75 and at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Westwego from 1975-76.


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