Father Valerie Pullman
Diocese of Lafayette
Left ministry: 1985
Assigned as follows:
- Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Arthur, LA)
- St. Joseph Catholic Church (Elton, LA)
- Our Lady Queen of Peace (Lafayette, LA)
- St. Martin de Porres (Scott, LA)
- Immaculate Heart of Mary (Lake Charles, LA)
- Our Lady of Assumption (Carencro, LA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Valerie Pullman:
Fr. Valerie Pullman was ordained a priest in 1965, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. According to media reports, according to 1995 court records, an allegation of child sexual abuse against the priest in 1966 was received by the Diocese of Lafayette in 1985. After the allegation was received, the diocese sent Fr. Pullman to St. Luke’s Institute where he was evaluated and referred to Servants of the Paracletes in Jemez Springs, NM.
In a 2003 civil lawsuit, Fr. Pullman was accused of repeatedly molesting an altar boy beginning in 1972. The abuse lasted several years and occurred in multiple locations including at an out of state religious conference. The lawsuit was settled in by 2008. No criminal charges were filed.
In February of 2021, the Diocese of Lake Charles publicly named Fr. Pullman on its list of “Clerics and religious who were serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles at the time of the allegation and the diocese was notified of the accusation. The investigation and final disposition of the allegation was the responsibility of the religious order or diocese.” The list notes that allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s against Fr. Pullman were received in October 1999 and February 2021.
Valerie Pullman died in 2017.
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