Lafayette Diocese deacon accused of sexual abuse of a minor, placed on administrative leave

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Diocese of Lafayette placed Deacon Shawn Gautreaux on administrative leave from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge over accusations that he sexually abused a minor.

Following an initial inquiry, the diocese says, Deacon Shawn Jude Gautreaux was put on leave pending a further determination in this matter.

According to the Diocese, the allegation received relates to a period of time many years before he was ordained a deacon, however the Diocese has reported the allegation to law enforcement authorities in St. Martin Parish, KLFY reports.

Director of Communications Blue Rolfes says the diocese is continuing to cooperate fully with law enforcement, and urges anyone with any information on any cases of possible abuse to please come forward to local law enforcement authorities and to the Diocese.

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