Former St. Matthew's student alleges sex abuse by former teacher

Former St. Matthew's student alleges sex abuse by former teacher
Even though the former teacher was acquitted in the St. Matthew's case, the alleged victim said still suffers emotional and physical scars. (FOX 8 Photo)

(WVUE) - Tonight we sit down with one of the men who testified as a child in the late 1970s sex abuse case against former teacher and deacon George Brignac.

Brignac was cleared in a judge trial that included testimony from three boys.

The alleged victim, whom we are not identifying, said he lives with the damage every day, 40 years after he said Brignac abused him at St. Matthew's school in River Ridge.

The man, who is now in his 50s, said Brignac fondled him as a fourth grader on multiple occasions in class - sometimes with other students in the room.

"He always wanted me to look forward, and he would put his head up to the back of my neck, and said, 'Don't say a word,'" the man said.

Brignac denies the allegations.

Even though the former teacher was acquitted in the St. Matthew's case, the alleged victim said still suffers emotional and physical scars, and he hopes by coming forward he can get those issues addressed.

Last week, the Archdiocese of New Orleans acknowledged a $500,000 settlement paid out in a separate incident to a former altar boy at Holy Rosary after finding credible evidence of abuse by Brignac.

That abuse took place over a three-year span beginning in 1979.

We will have much more on the story of the former St. Matthew's student - and the church's response - coming up on FOX 8 News at 5 p.m.

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