PSR Volunteer Allegation

Message to Parents of Students at St. Theresa of Avila Parish School of Religion

 

Message to Parents of Students at St. Theresa and St. John Primary and Middle Schools

 

Message to the Media

 

Mr. Jerry Oubre has been arrested on charges of sexual battery and indecent behavior with juveniles according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

 

Mr. Oubre has been a volunteer teacher in the Parish School of Religion

(PSR) at St. Theresa of Avila Church Parish in Gonzales. Mr. Oubre was also a volunteer basketball coach at St. Theresa Middle school in 2008-2009.

According to media reports, he also coaches in Ascension Parish.

 

Mr. Oubre has been suspended from his volunteer position at St. Theresa Church Parish and has been forbidden to visit the campus. He has volunteered at St. Theresa Church since 2008 and has always had an aide who teaches with him present during weekly PSR sessions.

 

Parents of children who attend St. Theresa Parish School of Religion are being notified of this matter, as are parents of children at St. Theresa and St. John Primary and Middle Schools.

 

Anyone knowing or suspecting child abuse should report this immediately to law enforcement or to the Department of Children and Family Services at 855-452-5437.

 

Any allegation of child or vulnerable adult sexual abuse involving clergy or a representative of the church should then be reported to Amy Cordon, the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, at 225-242-0250.

 

February 14, 2019

 

Media Contact:

Deacon Dan S. Borne'

Communications Secretary

Diocese of Baton Rouge

dborne@diobr.org

 

Kelly Alexander

Media Liaison

Diocese of Baton Rouge