A Catholic priest that served in Brenham earlier this year is now at the center of a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse and misconduct.
The lawsuit filed in Austin raises concerns against Father Isidore “Izzy” Ndagizimana and the Austin Diocese. Six anonymous women claim the priest was abusive while serving at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin. They are seeking more than $1 million in damages.
The court documents claimed he was abusive even when the women were in a confessional. The plaintiff’s attorneys accuse the church of not addressing the problems and moving the priest to other parishes. The lawsuit claims the misconduct happened in Austin and not in Brenham.
Father “Izzy” started in Brenham on July 2 and served until August 21, when we was placed on leave.
The law firm representing the women said they aren’t sure of the priest’s location and still need to serve him court papers.
Residents in Brenham said they were saddened to hear the allegations against the priest. One resident said she wasn’t completely surprised by the claims.
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