As part of a three part series, the Times-Picayune staff writes about clergyman George Brignac’s continued career in New Orleans with the Catholic Church despite being repeatedly caught for child molestation – Monster in Our Midst: How Pedophile New Orleans Clergyman Stayed Near Prey.
Brignac began his career with Christian Brothers in 1953 but was expelled by the Order in 1960. Brignac’s twin brother later claimed he was expelled because he was “too friendly with boys.” There are 26 known claims against Brignac for traumatic sexual abuse on children over the years. Despite these claims, he continued working at Catholic schools in the New Orleans area.
Another Times Picayune article is 8 Documents from George Brignac File that Reveal How an Abuser Stayed Near Children for Decades. These documents show, among other things, that Brignac admits to churches that he had been arrested, fired from at least one job, and even prosecuted for child abuse, and still allowed to work in some capacity for the church.
The other parts to the Times-Picayune series will include:
“Part II: Despite a reputation as an inveterate child molester, George Brignac worms his way back into local Catholic institutions.”
“Part III: The exposure of the local Catholic Church’s continued association with suspected serial child molester George Brignac leads to serious recriminations.”
Brignac was included on the list of pedophiles that the Archdiocese of New Orleans released on November 2, 2018. This list noted priests and deacons who had been accused of child abuse locally. When Brignac died June 29, 2020, he was awaiting trial in Orleans Parish on allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1980’s.
Lamothe Law Firm has helped many survivors with claims against the Catholic Church. If you or a loved one was sexually abused as a child, please contact us today for a confidential meeting to discuss your claim, your right to compensation, and ways to hold the abuser accountable.
Because the New Orleans Archdiocese has filed bankruptcy, the final deadline for claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans is March 1, 2021.