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Former Louisiana Catholic priest pleads guilty to drugging and molesting 17 men, sentenced to prison

A former Louisiana priest pleaded guilty to drugging and molesting 17 men he picked up in the French Quarter and was sentenced on Friday to 25 years in prison.

Stephen Sauer, 61, of Metairie admitted that he targeted men who looked lost or intoxicated. He would then drug the men as he offered them help, sometimes putting drugs in their drinks at bars.

Other times, the former Catholic priest used an eyedropper to feed sleep-inducing substances to men who passed out from alcohol, according to a press release from Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick, Jr.’s office.

Sauer took the victims to his home, where he videotaped or photographed the men while they were unconscious. He admitted to molesting some of the men, and even gave them rides back to their hotels or other locations the next morning.

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FILE- Judge holding a gavel in court. Stephen Sauer was sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting men he picked up in the French Quarter in Louisiana. 

The technician saw the hard drive contained hundreds of images that suggested sexual assaults had taken place and contacted New York law enforcement officials.

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New York investigators were able to determine the pictures were taken in Metairie and contacted the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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The judge sentenced Sauer to 25 years in prison and ordered him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He is also prohibited from contacting 12 of the victims, the DA’s office said.

Investigators believe there could be over 50 more unidentified victims connected to Sauer.

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