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Before priest Pat Wattigny admitted sex abuse, texts to student led to resignation from Slidell school, church says

Predatory Priest Pat Wattigny

Title: Before priest Pat Wattigny admitted sex abuse, texts to student led to resignation from Slidell school, church says
Authors: Ramon Antonio Vargas and David Hammer, Staff writers and WWL-TV
Publisher: NOLA.Com
Date:  02OCT2020

About four months before the Rev. Patrick Wattigny disclosed to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans that he sexually abused a minor in 2013, he resigned from his post as chaplain at Pope John Paul II High School because he had sent a student a series of text messages that violated diocesan policies, church officials said Friday.An attorney representing the student’s family alleged the messages constituted “grooming” for sexual activity, including repeatedly asking the boy the date of his 18th birthday. A statement from the archdiocese denied that any of the messages contained sexual references “or innuendo,” but they nonetheless represented a breach of archdiocesan policy mandating professionally toned communications with students.

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