New Orleans Clergy Crimes
NEW ORLEANS — The Archdiocese of New Orleans is preparing to add seven members of the Franciscan order to its list of clergymen faced with credible accusations of child molestation, including one who is believed to have abused while serving in the metro area, church officials said Wednesday.That clergyman is Frank Davied, who is still alive and living in Pueblo, Colo.
Reached by telephone Wednesday morning, Davied said no abuse claims were “ever verified to me by my attorney” or Franciscan Friar order leaders.
“I know there was a situation that came up when I was pastoring, but it was never verified,” said Davied, who is no longer a Franciscan. “I don’t know whatever happened. It was a guy that said something, but I have no clue.“
Archdiocese spokeswoman Sarah McDonald said Wednesday morning the church was still gathering information about where Davied served at the time of the alleged abuse.
Another friar alleged to have sexually abused a minor while serving in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is the late Alfred Pimple, who was named on Archbishop Greg Aymond’s original list of credibly accused clergy in November 2018. That list initially contained 57 names, but it has been expanded several times, and with the planned addition of the Franciscans will now swell up to more than 70.