More Men Accuse Defrocked New Orleans Deacon George Brignac of Sexual Abuse: Report
By Jennifer Larino
September 1, 2018
More men have come forward to report they were sexually abused as children by George Brignac, a defrocked Roman Catholic deacon who worked as a teacher at St. Matthew the Apostle School in River Ridge in the mid-1970s, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
The report says New Orleans attorney Roger Stetter is representing at least 10 men who say Brignac abused them when they were children. Several claim Brignac raped them as children.
The New Orleans Advocate first reported Brignac, 83, continued to serve as a lay minister at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Metairie despite an archdiocese settlement over claims he repeatedly raped an 8-year-old altar boy at Holy Rosary School in New Orleans. The New Orleans Police Department is now investigating the Holy Rosary allegations.
Brignac, who told the Advocate he is "asexual," has not denied touching young boys, but insists his actions were not sexual in nature, the report says.
Wendy Vitter, general counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, told The Advocate the diocese is fully cooperating with law enforcement in any investigation into sexual abuse.