Priest Gets 25 Years For Drugging, Molesting 17 Men

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Stephen Sauer, the former Roman Catholic priest and ousted executive director of the Arc of Greater New Orleans, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for drugging 17 men he met in the French Quarter, driving them to his Metairie home and taking pictures of them unconscious and partially undressed while he masturbated.

Judge Shayna Beevers Morvant of the 24th Judicial District Court handed down the punishment after Sauer, 61, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of sexual battery, nine counts of third-degree rape, 17 counts of video voyeurism and 16 misdemeanor drug charges, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said.

Prosecutors said Sauer admitted targeting men who appeared to be intoxicated, lost or in need of assistance over a two-year period beginning in 2019.

New Orleans’ CBS affiliate reports:

JSPO said that Sauer had been sharing images with others through a website or via email, and that many of his victims were visiting New Orleans from out of state.

In June 2021, Sauer sent a computer hard drive to an electronics repair company in New York. A technician at the company found hundreds of images sexual assault taking place, and New York law enforcement officials determined they were taken in Metairie.

Detectives also believe that there are more than 50 additional victims who are unidentified. Some of the victims were identified because Sauer took pictures of their driver’s licenses.