Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) – (12/13/19) A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans has been indicted on a charge that he raped an altar boy 40 years ago.

The New Orleans district attorney’s office says in a news release that 84-year-old George Brignac was charged by a grand jury Thursday.

He was arrested in September.

Brignac was defrocked as a deacon in 1988 amid allegations of abuse.

He had been acquitted of a separate abuse charge in 1978.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says there is no Louisiana time limit for prosecuting race cases involving children younger than 12.

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