Gil Gauthe, one of the first Catholic priests to be convicted of abusing children, was back in a Galveston court this morning.
Actually Gauthe wasn't there, his case was. Gauthe was next door in the Galveston County Jail where he's been since April on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
By way of history - Gauthe was a priest in rural Louisiana when he pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of dozens of children. He was sent to prison in Louisiana for 9 years. When he got out he was convicted of injury to a child in Polk County. Earlier this year, we found him living unregistered as a sex offender in La Marque. The week our story aired (see it here) he was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.
We went to court this morning, the case was postponed. Gauthe's lawyer, David Suhler (in photo left), wouldn't answer any questions except to call us scallywags and accuse us of criminal trespass when we went to interview Gauthe in April. It may be a legal tactic to make Gauthe's interview inadmissible in court (Gauthe did say he still has feelings for young children) - except that his client, Gauthe, invited us into his home for a 90 minute discussion.
We will be in court next time to see what happens to the former catholic priest. Stay tuned.