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Former Catholic Priest Who Plead Guilty to Molesting 16 Year Old Boy has been Permanently Removed from Ministry

The Louisiana Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a former Catholic priest sentenced to seven years in prison in April of 2019 after pleading guilty to molesting a 16-year-old boy.

Posted: Apr 13, 2021 1:15 PM
Updated: May 7, 2021 4:59 PM

The Diocese of Lafayette issued the following statement in regards to allegations made against Michael Guidry:

"After careful examination, the Diocese of Lafayette has determined that the allegations made by Oliver Peyton against Michael Guidry, who formerly served as a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette, are credible. The Diocese further denounces the actions of Michael Guidry towards Oliver Peyton and hereby formally and publicly apologizes to Oliver Peyton and to his family. Michael Guidry has been permanently removed from ministry."

The Louisiana Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a former Catholic priest sentenced to seven years in prison in April of 2019 after pleading guilty to molesting a 16-year-old boy. Michael Guidry, now 78, appealed the sentence of 10 years with three years suspended as excessive, but last year the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal disagreed, ruling the sentence was consistent with Louisiana law and the circumstances of Guidry's crime. The former priest pleaded guilty to molesting the boy at least once during several occasions in 2015 when the boy did chores or hung out at Guidry's house. Guidry admitted to serving the boy alcohol on several occasions as well. Guidry was the pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Morrow during when he molested the boy, whose family were parishioners of the church. Guidry was originally sentenced by Judge Alonzo Harris in St. Landry Parish.

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