Former Catholic priest Patrick Wattigny has pleaded guilty to two counts of molestation of a juvenile in court Wednesday and was sentenced to five years in prison.
The judge also gave Wattigny five years of probation and said he had to register as a sex offender.
In a victim statement in court, one of Wattigny’s victims stated that “My childhood was stolen.”
Wattigny was arrested in 2020 and charged by St. Tammany Parish with molesting a 15-year-old in 2013, while the boy attended the high school where Wattigny was serving as chaplain.
Wattigny was awaiting trial in that case when he was charged with another count of molestation against another victim this past October.
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