Fr. Gilbert Gauthe – Diocese of Lafayette

| Jul 26, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Gilbert Gauthe

Diocese of Lafayette

Ordained: 1971

Removed from ministry: 1983

Convicted: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1973: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Broussard, LA)
  • 1973-1976: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (New Iberia, LA)
  • 1974: Appointed as diocesan director of scouting
  • 1976-1977: St. Mary Magdalen (Abbeville, LA)
  • 1977-1983: St. John Catholic (Henry, LA)
  • 1977-1983: St. James Mission Chapel (Esther, LA)
  • 1984: House of Affirmation (Whitinsville, MA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Gilbert Gauthe:

Fr. Gilbert Gauthe was ordained a priest in 1971, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, in 1983, the first allegations of sexual abuse against him arose when six families sued the Diocese of Lafayette claiming that Fr. Gauthe molested their children. The victims were altar boys between the ages of six and thirteen years old. The cases were settled secretly.

In 1984, Fr. Gauthe was one of the first pedophile priests brought to trial in the United States when he was indicted on 34 counts of sex crimes against children. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1985 after admitting under oath to sexually molesting 37 children in hundreds of incidents while he served as a priest in Broussard, New Iberia, Abbeville, and Henry. He was released in 1995 after serving 10 years of his sentence.

In 1997, Fr. Gauthe was arrested in Texas for molesting a three-year-old boy. He plead no contest and was given seven years probation. In December of 1997, Gauthe was arrested for raping a female child at gunpoint in 1977. He was released in 1999 when the woman dropped the charges. That same year, Gauthe faced another sexual assault charge from a former altar boy who claims that he was molested by Gauthe.

Gilbert Gauthe was arrested in 2008 in La Marque, TX and charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He served a two-year sentence and was released in 2010.

According to media reports, the church has paid out at least $10 million in settlements to Gauthe’s alleged victims. He is the subject of multiple civil suits and settlements. In 2019 the Diocese of Alexandria listed Fr. Gilbert Gauthe as a “diocesan priest incardinated in another diocese accused of sexual misconduct while serving in the Diocese of Alexandria.” The Diocese of Lafayette also included Gauthe on its disclosure list of “diocesan clergy against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult,” which was released in 2019.

As of 2019, Gilbert Gauthe was living in San Leon, Texas.

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