Michael Guidry, a former pastor for St. Landry Parish, pleaded guilty to molesting a minor in 2019. (Photo: Submitted Photo)
Two years after a priest pleaded guilty to molesting an acolyte, the Lafayette diocese officially apologized to the victim and his family.
Michael Guidry, a priest in St. Landry Parish, pleaded guilty to molesting a minor and was sentenced to seven years of forced labor in April 2019.
The diocese said in a statement Monday morning that the church had determined “after careful examination” that the allegations were credible.
“The diocese continues to condemn Michael Guidry’s actions towards (the victim) and hereby formally and publicly apologize to (the victim) and his family,” the diocese said. “Michael Guidry has been removed from the ministry for good.”
Guidry was the longtime former leader of St. Peter Church in Morrow. Authorities said they opened the investigation after the victim reported he was given alcohol before he was sexually molested by Guidry at the priest’s home.
The report was made in 2018 when the victim was 20 years old, but the abuse happened when the victim was 16 years old.
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Guidry appealed his ruling, arguing that it was “an unconstitutional exaggerated and disproportionate term that unnecessarily inflicted pain and suffering”. The third instance appeals court upheld his sentence last year. The Louisiana Supreme Court declined to take up his appeal in April.
The victim and his family are also pursuing a civil lawsuit against Guidry and the diocese seeking compensation for pain and suffering. The lawsuit alleges that although the diocese has paid for the consultation since the allegations were exposed, a senior Church official threatened to suspend payments if the family complains.
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