Deacon Shawn Geautreaux
Diocese of Lafayette
Assigned as follows:
- St. Bernard Catholic Church (Breaux Bridge, LA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Deacon Shawn Geautreaux:
According to media reports, in June 2021, the Diocese of Lafayette placed Deacon Shawn Geautreaux on administrative leave from the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge amidst allegations that he sexually abused a child. He will remain on leave pending an investigation into the claims.
The allegations are reportedly from a period of time before Gautreaux was ordained a deacon. The Diocese has reported the allegation to the police in St. Martin Parish, and is continuing to cooperate fully with them. They are unaware of any other allegations against Gautreaux.
Below is the full statement from the Diocese of Lafayette:
“The Diocese of Lafayette has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by Deacon Shawn Jude Gautreaux. Following an initial inquiry, the Diocese has placed Deacon Gautreaux on administrative leave pending a further determination in this matter. The allegation received relates to a period of time many years before he was ordained a deacon. Further, the Diocese has reported the allegation to law enforcement authorities in St. Martin Parish. The Diocese is unaware of any other allegations involving Deacon Gautreaux at this time.”
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