Man Sues Diocese, Claims Sexual Abuse by Priests

By Scott Lawrence
October 4, 2010

A man has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest in 1978 and by a different priest in 1989.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese told KFDM News as of Monday morning it had not seen the lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County State District Court, and couldn't comment until it had.

The Longview law firm of Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry claims in its lawsuit that David Arceneaux of Nederland was abused by August Pucar in September 1978 and by Roger Thibodeaux in the Spring of 1989.

According to the lawsuit, which also names St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church in Port Arthur and Rejimon E. George, the Diocese placed Pucar and Thibodeaux, ordained Catholic priests, in positions at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland, and as a chaperone of a youth mission trip to Europe, respectively.

The lawsuit states it is believed the Diocese knew or should have known that Pucar and Thibodeaux were child molesters and a danger to children before they molested Arceneaux. The lawsuit claims the Diocese engaged in misrepresentations, fraud and misconduct following the abuse, as well as the disclosure of private facts.

Arceaneaux alleges sexual abuse, fraud and public disclosure of private facts. The lawsuit claims he has suffered and continues to suffer great pain of mind and body, shock, emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life.

Arceneaux is seeking payment for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, past and future physical pain and suffering, past and future mental anguish, pre-judgment interest and post-judgment interest.


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