- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The attorneys for a former Calcasieu Parish priest accused of molesting young parishioners are asking a judge to stop prosecutors from telling a jury about allegations of other crimes.

Mark Anthony Broussard is to stand trial Sept. 21 on allegations that he molested and raped boys while serving as a parish priest between 1986 and 1991. He is facing five sex charges, including two counts of aggravated rape.

Broussard was originally charged with 224 counts of child sexual abuse, but some charges involving one of the boys were too old to prosecute. The five remaining counts “encompass” the rest of the charges involving the other two boys, prosecutor said.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1Ioymov ) that defense attorneys want prosecutors barred from mentioning the counts that were dropped to the jury. They argue Broussard has no prior criminal history and evidence of the alleged other crimes would only turn the jury against the ex-priest.

Judge David Ritchie has not ruled on the motion.

Broussard served at Our Lady Queen of Heaven and St. Henry Catholic Church. He also served at St. Eugene in Cameron Parish.


Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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