Beaumont Diocese Addresses Sexual Abuse Claims

October 7, 2010

Bishop Curtis Guillory of the Beaumont Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has released a statement reacting to a lawsuit by a Nederland man.

David Arceneaux accuses two priests of sexual abuse in assaults he says took place in 1978 and 1989.

He's also charging fraud and public disclosure at a church in Port Arthur.

Yesterday, Bishop Guillory said, "the citation makes claims of sexual abuse by specific clergy formerly in active ministry in the Diocese and additional claims. The claims are under consideration by diocesan legal counsel."

Given the seriousness of the claims, the reputations of all named parties, and the flow of information to my office since the plaintiff's press conference on Monday.

On October 4, 2010, Guillory said, "I have decided to permit the legal process to unfold without further comment until data justifies such comment."


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