Fr. Richard J. Langenstein – Archdiocese of New Orleans

On Behalf of | May 17, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Richard J. Langenstein

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Paul’s School (Covington, LA)
  • College of Santa Fe
  • De La Salle High School (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard J. Langenstein:

Father Richard J. Langenstein was a former brother of the Christian Brothers order. Before his retirement in 1990, he spent 35 years in private education as a high school teacher, counselor, principal and college vice president. According to media reports, in 1997, he was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy, a student at Covington High School during the 1995-1996 school year, when Father Langenstein worked as a substitute teacher.

According to the suit, in 1996, he bought the boy expensive gifts, gave him money and took him on a trip to Mississippi casinos. On the trip back, the suit alleges, Father Langenstein parked on a side street and sexually abused the boy. On another occasion, Father Langenstein took pictures of the boy’s “genitals exposed in a lewd manner at Langenstein’s home.”

A civil suit was filed in 1998. 

In 2000, Father Langenstein pleaded no contest to an indecent behavior charge and was sentenced to three years of a suspended sentence and five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, submit to a mental health evaluation and any subsequent treatment, have no contact with the alleged victim and no interaction with other juveniles. Additionally, he was ordered to register as a sex offender.

In December 2003, Father Langenstein died.

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