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Former Louisiana priest arrested again for allegedly molesting another juvenile

A former Louisiana priest who was arrested two years in the past for allegedly molesting a 15-year-boy was arrested once more Tuesday after a second sufferer got here ahead with new allegations, authorities mentioned.

Patrick Wattigny is the previous pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Slidell, about 30 miles northeast of New Orleans. He was initially arrested in October 2020 for allegedly abusing a 15-year-old in 2013 shortly after he was assigned as pastor of the church.

Wattigny pleaded not responsible to 1 depend of molestation. He has been out on bond and is anticipated to go to trial in January.

However in line with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Workplace, one other alleged sufferer contacted authorities earlier this yr.

“In August 2022, a second sufferer contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Workplace and disclosed sexual abuse by the hands of Wattigny,” officers mentioned in a information launch.

Patrick Wattigny

The second sufferer, who’s now an grownup, mentioned that he suffered the abuse whereas he was an elementary degree pupil at a Catholic faculty in Covington, some 30 miles northwest of Slidell.

After an investigation into the claims, a warrant for Wattigny’s arrest was issued and he was booked Tuesday into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Middle for one depend of molestation of a juvenile.

When he was arrested in 2020, authorities mentioned that the sufferer was molested on at the least 4 completely different events, with a few of these incidents going down within the church rectory.

“It’s deeply disturbing when a person ready of authority makes use of that place to prey on probably the most defenseless of our inhabitants — our kids,” Sheriff Randy Smith mentioned in a press release.

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