Separate charges against 2 ex-priests in New Orleans suburb

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A former priest and two women accused of having sex on a church altar have been charged with institutional vandalism, and a second former priest has been charged separately with molesting a juvenile.

Posted: Mar 19, 2021 3:15 PM

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A former priest and two women accused of having sex on a church altar have been charged with institutional vandalism, and a second former priest has been charged separately with molesting a juvenile. District Attorney Warren Montgomery says 37-year-old Travis Jhon Clark, 41-year-old Mindy Lynn Dixon of Kent, Washington, and 28-year-old Melissa Kamon Cheng, of Alpharetta, Georgia, were charged Thursday in one bill of information. He says Patrick Briain Wattigny was charged in another. Archbishop Gregory Aymond announced on Oct. 1 that both men had been working in St. Tammany Parish and had been removed from the ministry. The following week he described the altar's desecration as “demonic.”

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