- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A former Lake Charles priest has been sentenced to two life sentences, plus 50 years, for sexually abusing altar boys in the late 1980s and early ‘90s.

Mark Broussard was sentenced Friday on two counts of aggravated rape and one each of molesting a juvenile, oral sexual battery and aggravated oral sexual battery. The rape charges carry mandatory life sentences.

Judge David Ritchie told Broussard he done “pure, pure evil” and “had no right to use children as his sex toys,” KPLC-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1TDqYev).

He also said he was disgusted by Broussard’s refusal to accept responsibility, blaming anyone but himself.

“He said it was the child’s fault - this child came on to him - basically, for the first event that I know of for sure,” Ritchie said.

Prosecutor Cynthia Killingsworth told The American Press (https://bit.ly/22bvsdI) after Broussard’s conviction in February, “Victims hurt for years and years. This was a way to get their story out and … maybe lead to closure.”

KPLC reported that one of the abused boys, now an adult, told Broussard at his sentencing, “I know you have no remorse for what you did. The remorse you have is that you finally got caught and have to pay for the crimes you have committed.

“You were able to lie to children but your lies don’t work on adults. So this is the end for you - no more preying on children for your own sexual gratification.”

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