The Diocese of Alexandria today (Sept. 20, 2019) released the name of one additional clergy against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
Fr. Theordore Lelieveld
- An allegation of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors dating back to the mid-1960s was reported to the Diocese of Alexandria in August 2019.
- Fr. Lelieveld died on October 21, 1976 at the age of 50.
- The evidence was presented to the Permanent Review Board in August 2019 and the allegations were deemed credible.
The Diocese of Alexandria pledges to provide updates to the list of credibly accused clergy as new information becomes available and as reported by authorities. We hope these updates show our commitment to transparency and accountability.
The individual added to the list has been deceased 43 years and the allegations were brought to our attention only recently. The entire list, including any updates will always be available on the diocesan website here: https://www.diocesealex.org/ongoing-clergy-sexual-abuse-page/diocese-releases-names-of-clergy/
If you suspect sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric or church worker or volunteer:
FIRST, call the Louisiana Child Abuse Hotline, 855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437) and/or your local law enforcement agency. THEN, call the diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Dr. Lee Kneipp, Clinical Psychologist, (318) 542-9805.
Diocese of Alexandria Safe Environment policies and procedures: https://www.diocesealex.org/our-faith/safe-environment/