Shreveport Catholic Priest Jailed over Sex Crime Allegations, SNAP Calls for Outreach
A priest from the Diocese of Shreveport has been arrested and charged with child pornography and sexual abuse of an animal. We hope Catholic officials will use all resources at their disposal to share this news with each community where this cleric worked and urge anyone who may have seen or suspected crimes to come forward and make a report to police.
By our count, the arrest of Rev. Seby Shan Chemmampallil is the tenth arrest this year of a Catholic priest or staffer on charges related to sexual abuse. While Rev. Chemmampallil has not been accused of directly harming a minor, child pornography is nonetheless a serious crime that perpetuates the abuse of the child depicted in the images. We are grateful to the law enforcement officials who have intervened in this case and hope that this arrest helps stem the scourge and spread of child pornography.
We are encouraged that Rev. Chemmampallil was immediately suspended from his position when Catholic officials learned of the allegations against him. Now that this step has been taken, we hope that Church leaders in Shreveport will use every resource at their disposal to share the news about Rev. Chemmampallil and encourage others who may have been victimized or have suspicions to come forward to police.