Desmond Laurence Gannon – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile Catholic Priest still supported by Church (Naturally)

“At last I can finally speak out.
Not like the dark old days, people are listening now.”

A JUDGE who jailed an elderly former Victorian priest for sex offences against a boy 41 years ago has damned the repeat pedophile offender for his lack of true remorse.

Judge Frank Gucciardo yesterday told the man his absence of contrition “displays a turpitude of character that borders on the scandalous and is offensive to morality and the law”.

Judge Gucciardo said Desmond Gannon’s explanations for his conduct, when interviewed by police last year, betrayed self-delusion and a “lack of understanding of the impact of your behaviour” on his victim.

He told Gannon, 79, that his demeanour in the interview and in a taped conversation with the victim was disturbing but “consistent with your appearance in court, clearly nonchalant and dismissive”. Gannon, prosecuted for the fifth time for offences between 1958 and 1976, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 11.

From August to September 1968, when Gannon was a priest in Kilmore, he assaulted the boy in a car, on a bush track, in a church and at a pool. Now 51, the man said in a victim impact statement that after the abuses he had felt “broken, old, clumsy, dirty, ugly, guilty, confused, rejected, worthless and scared”.

Judge Gucciardo said it was his view that “the vindication of a victim’s plight in cases of this kind is central to the function of the criminal justice system”.

A psychiatrist reported that Gannon had a perverse psychosexual structure and had made “some progress” by expressing concern for the victim and the gravity of the offences.

But Judge Gucciardo said such progress was not the same as contrition and remorse “unaccompanied by empathy or compassion for the victims but delivered with indignation at your own fate”.

While Gannon posed little risk to the community, the jail sentence “is a recognition of the significance of the wrong inflicted”. Gannon was jailed for 25 months with a minimum term of 14 months.

In a statement to the court, the victim, who is now in his 50s, said he had gone from being a happy boy who wanted to be a policeman, to a delinquent who spent time in jail.

“Father Gannon has succeed in destroying all my hopes and dreams,” he said.

“At last I can finally speak out. Not like the dark old days, people are listening now.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

The court heard that despite these convictions, the Catholic church continued to support Gannon by helping to pay his rent.

Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese lists allegations against two priests: one imprisoned, the other dead

Shamaun Beas


The Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese received three credible sexual-abuse allegations against two priests last year, but is refusing to identify one of them.

The unnamed priest is deceased and the alleged abuse occurred 40 years ago, diocesan spokeswoman Mary Haarman said. She declined to give further information, and Bishop Walter Hurley did not respond to requests for comment.
Shamaun Beas

She identified one priest with two allegations as Shamaun Beas, who was convicted last year on two counts of fourth-degree sexual criminal conduct for sexually molesting two teenage sisters. Beas, who served parishes in Portland and Sparta, already was serving six to 20 years for a 2004 Internet sex sting.

The allegations were reported as part of a review of U.S. dioceses’ sexual abuse policies by the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference. The sixth annual report found dioceses received 625 new allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy, the majority of them incidents from the 1970s.

Dioceses nationwide also increased spending on their abuse-prevention, including the 11-county Grand Rapids Diocese. The diocese spent $84,500 on those programs last year, up from $66,000 in 2007.

The review found the diocese to be in compliance with policies bishops set in 2002 to remove abusive priests and prevent future abuse with training programs for children and adults.

Another $26,800 in diocesan funds went to therapy for abuse survivors.

Officials would not comment on why they declined to name the deceased priest or provide details of the abuse. The diocese in the past has named accused priests who have died, and routinely has provided names of living priests against whom allegations were substantiated.

The U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People calls on dioceses to be “open and transparent” in communicating with the public while also respecting “the privacy and the reputation of the individuals involved.”

Some dioceses release deceased priests’ names and some don’t, said Teresa Kettelkamp, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. Dead priests can’t defend themselves, and sometimes allegations are so old they cannot be verified, she said.

She said she understands why Grand Rapids did not release the name, adding, “You can’t properly vet the credibility of the allegation.”

However, not naming the priest casts a pall over other deceased priests’ reputations, while naming him could prod victims to tell their families and seek therapy, said David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

“It’s a choice between the reputation of one deceased adult, or the emotional well-being of maybe dozens of still-suffering and once-abused children,” Clohessy said.

Vatican can be sued for clergy abuse

Although the ruling does not permit victims to sue Pope Benedict XVI, Anderson said he intended to depose the pontiff.

An Oregon man who alleges he was molested in the 1960s by a priest can pursue a civil lawsuit against the Holy See, a federal appeals court says.

A federal appeals court ruling has brought an Oregon man one step closer to suing the Vatican for sexual abuse he says he suffered by a Roman Catholic priest.

In a 59-page decision issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the man — who says he was molested in the 1960s by a priest at a Catholic school — can pursue a civil lawsuit against the Holy See because the priest allegedly abused him while serving in a religious capacity.

Lawyers for the plaintiff hailed the ruling as a watershed moment for victims of clergy abuse, who for decades have wanted to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for protecting priests.

A lawyer for the Holy See commended the ruling for acknowledging the Vatican’s decentralized structure.

“They have been choosing for years . . . to protect the clerics and not the kids,” said Jeff Anderson, a Minneapolis lawyer representing the Oregon man. “This really is another step forward, another door open. . . . The good news for the laity, the community of faith, the parishioners and all of us is that the Vatican can now be held accountable.”

Although the ruling does not permit victims to sue Pope Benedict XVI, Anderson said he intended to depose the pontiff.

The case involves the late Rev. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest who, according to victims’ lawyers, was sent to Chicago after being accused of molesting children in his native Ireland. Archdiocesan officials said Ronan worked for St. Philip High School on Chicago’s West Side from 1960 through 1965. He was then transferred to a Catholic school in Oregon, where he reportedly assaulted the plaintiff in the case. St. Philip closed in 1970. Ronan died in 1992.

Officials from the Servite order did not return calls seeking comment.

Marci Hamilton, a professor at New York’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who assisted in the plaintiff’s case, commended the ruling as a model of how the American judicial system is supposed to work, likening the triumph to the biblical story of David vs. Goliath.

“The fact that the United States courts have opened this opportunity in this case sets the standard for the whole world that there really can be justice for one victim even though he’s a victim of one powerful organization,” Hamilton said. “We now have a template for understanding that anyone who harms our children in the U.S. is going to be held accountable whether they’re sovereign or not.”

But Jeffrey Lena, a California lawyer who represented the Holy See, said the ruling favored the Vatican by recognizing that every action everywhere could not be traced directly to Rome.

“The court did recognize, based on the plaintiff’s complaint, that within the Catholic Church there exists different and separate legal entities,” he said.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that a lawsuit filed against the Vatican by three men alleging they were abused by clergy could continue. The lawyer in that case is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims nationwide.

Some legal scholars say the rulings are not the last word and expect the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

But G. Robert Blakey, a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, said that if the plaintiff could prove that the priest was an employee of the Vatican, the ruling would stand.

“Is the Vatican potentially liable for child molesting? The answer to that question is yes if and only if you can show that the priest was engaged in conduct as an employee of the Vatican,” Blakey said.

Fred Lenczycki – Baby raping priest wants out


A former Roman Catholic priest who in 2004 pleaded guilty to molesting three west suburban school boys and who last year was legally declared a sexually violent person insists he no longer needs to be confined to the state prison system for treatment.

Fred Lenczycki, 64, believes he is well enough to live with a family member in DuPage County and continue his counseling there.

But the state of Illinois disagrees.

“We must protect the young boys of DuPage County,” Assistant Atty. Gen. Michael Kress said.

The two sides met in court Friday at a hearing at which Lenczycki’s sex-offender treatment plan will be determined. Such hearings are required when a person is declared sexually violent.

Lenczycki is the first current or former clergy member declared sexually violent under the state’s decade-old Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. The state’s definition of a sexually violent person is one who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, exhibits a mental disorder and is likely to commit future sexually violent acts if released from custody, according to the attorney general’s office. More than 200 people have been declared sexually violent persons in Illinois.

Lenczycki was assigned to St. Isaac Jogues parish in Hinsdale when he molested three boys—ages 10 to 12—from 1982 to 1984. It was two decades until criminal charges were brought against Lenczycki and he was tried.

Lenczycki was sentenced to five years in prison. After serving two and a half years, he was weeks away from being released in 2006 because of good behavior, but state and county prosecutors claimed he was a sexually violent person who needed to remain confined by the state. Two years later, a DuPage County jury unanimously agreed with that assessment.

The jury heard testimony that Lenczycki had a much worse history of abusing young boys than previously publicly disclosed. That history includes incidents of abuse at Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Naperville and St. Charles Borromeo seminary in Romeoville during the 1970s, prosecutors said. Other incidents occurred in California and Missouri, where Lenczycki was transferred after being removed from his Hinsdale assignment, prosecutors said. The jury found unanimously that he was a sexually violent person.

Since April 2006, Lenczycki was has been treated at a facility operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Human Services in Downstate Rushville.

James Montgomery, Lenczycki’s attorney, said Friday in his opening remarks that “society will be protected” if his client is released.

“He has made progress in his treatment and he will be kept by state officials on a very short leash,” Montgomery said. “At his age his risk of recidivism is low.”

Kress argued the opposite.

“It is probable that he will commit a future act,” Kress said in his opening remarks. “He hasn’t progressed in treatment to a level where he could be treated in the community.”

Amy Phenix, a California psychologist and witness for the state testified that Lenczycki hadn’t progressed in his treatment enough to be a candidate for release from a secure setting.

Montgomery told DuPage County Judge Bonnie Wheaton that Lenczycki would reside with a member of his family in DuPage County, live off of a small church pension and Social Security, register as a child sex offender with local police, receive treatment approved by a state management team, receive periodic polygraph tests and have his location monitored by GPS.

When the hearing continues May 18, the sides are expected to offer competing mental health testimony. Wheaton was the presiding judge when Lenczycki was found last year to be sexually violent. Her options range from continuing Lenczycki’s incarceration and treatment to releasing him for outside treatment.

Lenczycki was automatically and permanently removed from the priesthood when he was convicted of sexual abuse, according to the Joliet diocese. He is banned from celebrating mass and can’t wear a priest’s collar or call himself a priest.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Paul Shanley – Whining Pedophile Priest

Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are outraged that a priest convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s is asking for a new trial.

Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday for a hearing on his motion for a new trial. Shanley’s new lawyer is challenging the repressed memories of Shanley’s accuser.

Shanley’s accuser testified that Shanley repeatedly pulled him out of catechism class and raped and fondled him, beginning when he was 6 years old.

He said he remembered the abuse in 2002, after the news media began reporting on the clergy abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese.

Victims’ advocates who attended the hearing said Shanley does not deserve a new trial.

Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 4:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Paul Shanley – Whining Pedophile Priest

Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are outraged that a priest convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s is asking for a new trial.

Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday for a hearing on his motion for a new trial. Shanley’s new lawyer is challenging the repressed memories of Shanley’s accuser.

Shanley’s accuser testified that Shanley repeatedly pulled him out of catechism class and raped and fondled him, beginning when he was 6 years old.

He said he remembered the abuse in 2002, after the news media began reporting on the clergy abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese.

Victims’ advocates who attended the hearing said Shanley does not deserve a new trial.

Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 4:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Paul Shanley – Whining Pedophile Priest

Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are outraged that a priest convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s is asking for a new trial.

Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday for a hearing on his motion for a new trial. Shanley’s new lawyer is challenging the repressed memories of Shanley’s accuser.

Shanley’s accuser testified that Shanley repeatedly pulled him out of catechism class and raped and fondled him, beginning when he was 6 years old.

He said he remembered the abuse in 2002, after the news media began reporting on the clergy abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese.

Victims’ advocates who attended the hearing said Shanley does not deserve a new trial.

Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 4:32 am  Comments (1)  

Gil Gauthe – The pedophile priest next door

later he calmly told us a pedophile can
“pretty much convince any child to have sex with them.”


One of the nation’s most well known child sex offenders was living in our backyard and you would have never known.

He’s one of the nation’s first Catholic priests ever accused of child sex abuse.

He made it to Houston and lived for years without ever being detected until Eyewitness News tracked him down. We’re talking about a guy who admits he abused 39 kids inside his church rectory. Then he told us there’s no reason to fear him or a need for him to register as a sex offender because he is making sure he doesn’t abuse any more kids.

It is one of those out of the way, unknown, unseen, anonymous spots you’d never see, unless you were looking for it. But in an RV parked at a La Marque bus company parking lot, one of the nation’s most notorious former priest pedophiles was hiding in plain view.

Gil Gauthe was a parish priest in rural Louisiana in the mid 80’s when allegations surfaced he was sexually abusing dozens of young boys at the church rectory. According to news reports, he fondled some boys in confessionals, convinced others to engage in sex acts with each other while the pedophile priest took Polaroid photos.

Apparently reluctant to believe it at first, published accounts at the time indicate the church tried to ignore it. Gauthe was put in counseling and told to disappear, but eventually he was charged with molesting 39 kids.

That made him one of the first priests in the country to be charged.

Gil Gauthe: “I paid for that.”
Ted Oberg: “Have you paid for that?”
Gauthe: “Well, you know, please turn the microphone off.”

Gauthe pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 37 boys and two girls in Louisiana. He was sentenced to 20 years in a prison, but with good time credit though, Gauthe walked out of Louisiana prisons in just nine years and headed for Texas.

Less than a year after his release, in 1996 Gauthe was in trouble again. This time accused of molesting his three year old neighbor at a Polk County subdivision.

“There wasn’t any doubt in my mind Gauthe did what he was accused of,” said Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon.

The boy’s mother had no idea Gauthe was a sex offender. Back then he wasn’t registered and because of problems with the three year old boy’s memory, the Polk County charge was reduced to a non-sex crime and Gauthe didn’t have to register as a sex offender for that either.

Ted Oberg: “Does any part of you feel you let a pedophile go?”
Lee Hon: “That case is one where you wish you could do more, because in my heart, I have no doubt he was a pedophile and one of the most serious pedophiles I’ve ever encountered.”

Gauthe was on probation, but out of the spotlight for years after that charge. That was until we found him in La Marque where he’s been a bus driver for a private company for years.

Ted Oberg: “The issue becomes how much people in Texas have a right to know who you are, what you’ve done and whether they should be afraid of you?”
Gil Gauthe: “There’s no reason to be afraid.”

Gauthe never did come out of that RV, but he invited us in without our camera. We talked for 90 minutes.

He told us a therapist once diagnosed him as a homosexual pedophile fixated on 11 to 13 year old boys, a condition that doesn’t go away. He told us he still has feelings for young boys, but doesn’t act on them.

Talking about his past, he said some of his young Louisiana victims actually wanted to have sex with him. And later he calmly told us a pedophile can “pretty much convince any child to have sex with them.”

All that from a man living unregistered within a few blocks of a church, school and a daycare center.

Gauthe lists a vacant house as his address. It’s right next to Sonia Palmer’s home.

“It’s just that the man who is next door, is the same man with this past,” she said.

Gauthe actually lives in an RV a few blocks down the same street and claims he’s not required to register as a sex offender. That’s not the way DPS, the Galveston County Sheriff, the La Marque Police Department and the last DA to ever prosecute Gauthe see the law.

“He is living and breathing in the State of Texas, he absolutely should be registered and people should know where he is,” Hon said.

Now he is.

After we started looking at his case, two police agencies started looking for him and last Wednesday Gauthe finally registered.

A change in Texas law required him to do it in 2005. He claimed not to know, but also claimed he tried to voluntary register in 2002. Now registered and back in the spotlight, Gauthe sounds like he sees himself as a bit of a victim.

Gil Gauthe: “The hard part is that anytime something like this happens, I have to start completely over.”
Ted Oberg: “Should we have sympathy for that?”
Gauthe: “No sir. I think understanding.”

When Gauthe moved to Texas in 1996 he wasn’t required to register. His crimes pre-dated the registry, but Texas law changed in 2005 to close that loophole.

Gauthe won’t face charges for not registering, but is required to check in every 90 days. I spoke to him again this afternoon. He is still in La Marque and doesn’t know what he’ll do now.

Gauthe was accused of molestation in the mid 80s. The church threw him out when the accusations were substantiated. Gauthe says church officials should’ve acted faster.

Gil Gauthe – The pedophile priest next door

later he calmly told us a pedophile can
“pretty much convince any child to have sex with them.”


One of the nation’s most well known child sex offenders was living in our backyard and you would have never known.

He’s one of the nation’s first Catholic priests ever accused of child sex abuse.

He made it to Houston and lived for years without ever being detected until Eyewitness News tracked him down. We’re talking about a guy who admits he abused 39 kids inside his church rectory. Then he told us there’s no reason to fear him or a need for him to register as a sex offender because he is making sure he doesn’t abuse any more kids.

It is one of those out of the way, unknown, unseen, anonymous spots you’d never see, unless you were looking for it. But in an RV parked at a La Marque bus company parking lot, one of the nation’s most notorious former priest pedophiles was hiding in plain view.

Gil Gauthe was a parish priest in rural Louisiana in the mid 80’s when allegations surfaced he was sexually abusing dozens of young boys at the church rectory. According to news reports, he fondled some boys in confessionals, convinced others to engage in sex acts with each other while the pedophile priest took Polaroid photos.

Apparently reluctant to believe it at first, published accounts at the time indicate the church tried to ignore it. Gauthe was put in counseling and told to disappear, but eventually he was charged with molesting 39 kids.

That made him one of the first priests in the country to be charged.

Gil Gauthe: “I paid for that.”
Ted Oberg: “Have you paid for that?”
Gauthe: “Well, you know, please turn the microphone off.”

Gauthe pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 37 boys and two girls in Louisiana. He was sentenced to 20 years in a prison, but with good time credit though, Gauthe walked out of Louisiana prisons in just nine years and headed for Texas.

Less than a year after his release, in 1996 Gauthe was in trouble again. This time accused of molesting his three year old neighbor at a Polk County subdivision.

“There wasn’t any doubt in my mind Gauthe did what he was accused of,” said Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon.

The boy’s mother had no idea Gauthe was a sex offender. Back then he wasn’t registered and because of problems with the three year old boy’s memory, the Polk County charge was reduced to a non-sex crime and Gauthe didn’t have to register as a sex offender for that either.

Ted Oberg: “Does any part of you feel you let a pedophile go?”
Lee Hon: “That case is one where you wish you could do more, because in my heart, I have no doubt he was a pedophile and one of the most serious pedophiles I’ve ever encountered.”

Gauthe was on probation, but out of the spotlight for years after that charge. That was until we found him in La Marque where he’s been a bus driver for a private company for years.

Ted Oberg: “The issue becomes how much people in Texas have a right to know who you are, what you’ve done and whether they should be afraid of you?”
Gil Gauthe: “There’s no reason to be afraid.”

Gauthe never did come out of that RV, but he invited us in without our camera. We talked for 90 minutes.

He told us a therapist once diagnosed him as a homosexual pedophile fixated on 11 to 13 year old boys, a condition that doesn’t go away. He told us he still has feelings for young boys, but doesn’t act on them.

Talking about his past, he said some of his young Louisiana victims actually wanted to have sex with him. And later he calmly told us a pedophile can “pretty much convince any child to have sex with them.”

All that from a man living unregistered within a few blocks of a church, school and a daycare center.

Gauthe lists a vacant house as his address. It’s right next to Sonia Palmer’s home.

“It’s just that the man who is next door, is the same man with this past,” she said.

Gauthe actually lives in an RV a few blocks down the same street and claims he’s not required to register as a sex offender. That’s not the way DPS, the Galveston County Sheriff, the La Marque Police Department and the last DA to ever prosecute Gauthe see the law.

“He is living and breathing in the State of Texas, he absolutely should be registered and people should know where he is,” Hon said.

Now he is.

After we started looking at his case, two police agencies started looking for him and last Wednesday Gauthe finally registered.

A change in Texas law required him to do it in 2005. He claimed not to know, but also claimed he tried to voluntary register in 2002. Now registered and back in the spotlight, Gauthe sounds like he sees himself as a bit of a victim.

Gil Gauthe: “The hard part is that anytime something like this happens, I have to start completely over.”
Ted Oberg: “Should we have sympathy for that?”
Gauthe: “No sir. I think understanding.”

When Gauthe moved to Texas in 1996 he wasn’t required to register. His crimes pre-dated the registry, but Texas law changed in 2005 to close that loophole.

Gauthe won’t face charges for not registering, but is required to check in every 90 days. I spoke to him again this afternoon. He is still in La Marque and doesn’t know what he’ll do now.

Gauthe was accused of molestation in the mid 80s. The church threw him out when the accusations were substantiated. Gauthe says church officials should’ve acted faster.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 3:41 am  Comments (1)  

Gil Gauthe – The pedophile priest next door

later he calmly told us a pedophile can
“pretty much convince any child to have sex with them.”


One of the nation’s most well known child sex offenders was living in our backyard and you would have never known.

He’s one of the nation’s first Catholic priests ever accused of child sex abuse.

He made it to Houston and lived for years without ever being detected until Eyewitness News tracked him down. We’re talking about a guy who admits he abused 39 kids inside his church rectory. Then he told us there’s no reason to fear him or a need for him to register as a sex offender because he is making sure he doesn’t abuse any more kids.

It is one of those out of the way, unknown, unseen, anonymous spots you’d never see, unless you were looking for it. But in an RV parked at a La Marque bus company parking lot, one of the nation’s most notorious former priest pedophiles was hiding in plain view.

Gil Gauthe was a parish priest in rural Louisiana in the mid 80’s when allegations surfaced he was sexually abusing dozens of young boys at the church rectory. According to news reports, he fondled some boys in confessionals, convinced others to engage in sex acts with each other while the pedophile priest took Polaroid photos.

Apparently reluctant to believe it at first, published accounts at the time indicate the church tried to ignore it. Gauthe was put in counseling and told to disappear, but eventually he was charged with molesting 39 kids.

That made him one of the first priests in the country to be charged.

Gil Gauthe: “I paid for that.”
Ted Oberg: “Have you paid for that?”
Gauthe: “Well, you know, please turn the microphone off.”

Gauthe pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 37 boys and two girls in Louisiana. He was sentenced to 20 years in a prison, but with good time credit though, Gauthe walked out of Louisiana prisons in just nine years and headed for Texas.

Less than a year after his release, in 1996 Gauthe was in trouble again. This time accused of molesting his three year old neighbor at a Polk County subdivision.

“There wasn’t any doubt in my mind Gauthe did what he was accused of,” said Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon.

The boy’s mother had no idea Gauthe was a sex offender. Back then he wasn’t registered and because of problems with the three year old boy’s memory, the Polk County charge was reduced to a non-sex crime and Gauthe didn’t have to register as a sex offender for that either.

Ted Oberg: “Does any part of you feel you let a pedophile go?”
Lee Hon: “That case is one where you wish you could do more, because in my heart, I have no doubt he was a pedophile and one of the most serious pedophiles I’ve ever encountered.”

Gauthe was on probation, but out of the spotlight for years after that charge. That was until we found him in La Marque where he’s been a bus driver for a private company for years.

Ted Oberg: “The issue becomes how much people in Texas have a right to know who you are, what you’ve done and whether they should be afraid of you?”
Gil Gauthe: “There’s no reason to be afraid.”

Gauthe never did come out of that RV, but he invited us in without our camera. We talked for 90 minutes.

He told us a therapist once diagnosed him as a homosexual pedophile fixated on 11 to 13 year old boys, a condition that doesn’t go away. He told us he still has feelings for young boys, but doesn’t act on them.

Talking about his past, he said some of his young Louisiana victims actually wanted to have sex with him. And later he calmly told us a pedophile can “pretty much convince any child to have sex with them.”

All that from a man living unregistered within a few blocks of a church, school and a daycare center.

Gauthe lists a vacant house as his address. It’s right next to Sonia Palmer’s home.

“It’s just that the man who is next door, is the same man with this past,” she said.

Gauthe actually lives in an RV a few blocks down the same street and claims he’s not required to register as a sex offender. That’s not the way DPS, the Galveston County Sheriff, the La Marque Police Department and the last DA to ever prosecute Gauthe see the law.

“He is living and breathing in the State of Texas, he absolutely should be registered and people should know where he is,” Hon said.

Now he is.

After we started looking at his case, two police agencies started looking for him and last Wednesday Gauthe finally registered.

A change in Texas law required him to do it in 2005. He claimed not to know, but also claimed he tried to voluntary register in 2002. Now registered and back in the spotlight, Gauthe sounds like he sees himself as a bit of a victim.

Gil Gauthe: “The hard part is that anytime something like this happens, I have to start completely over.”
Ted Oberg: “Should we have sympathy for that?”
Gauthe: “No sir. I think understanding.”

When Gauthe moved to Texas in 1996 he wasn’t required to register. His crimes pre-dated the registry, but Texas law changed in 2005 to close that loophole.

Gauthe won’t face charges for not registering, but is required to check in every 90 days. I spoke to him again this afternoon. He is still in La Marque and doesn’t know what he’ll do now.

Gauthe was accused of molestation in the mid 80s. The church threw him out when the accusations were substantiated. Gauthe says church officials should’ve acted faster.