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Ex-Philly priest charged amid new abuse complaint

Published: Thu, September 26, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelpiha priest suspected of abusing more than 20 children has been criminally charged after a new accuser came forward.

Father Robert L. Brennan, 75, has been arrested in Perryville, Md., where he has been living since he was suspended after a 2005 grand jury report.

At the time, prosecutors said it was too late to pursue complaints that went back decades.

But accusers now have more time to pursue charges, and a new accuser says Brennan sexually assaulted him from 1998 to 2001, starting when he was 11.

District Attorney Seth Williams says he would have also charged Monsignor William Lynn with child endangerment for allegedly hiding the earlier complaints, but the statute for that charge had run out.

Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia, is in prison for endangering another child.


1JudyJones(162 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks to the brave victim for speaking up and getting this child predator behind bars and away from kids.
It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action to expose the truth about being sexually abused. But let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr Robert Brennan, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago it happened.
Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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