For immediate release, September 27, 2013
Another Philadelphia priest has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a young boy. It is the same song, different tune. Last year, the Philadelphia Archdiocese was rocked by Monsignor Lynn’s conviction for failing to protect innocent child parishioners from known sexually abusive priests.
Yesterday, former Philadelphia priest, Robert L. Brennan, was arrested and charged in connection with allegations of sexual abuse. The allegations of sexual assault occurred between 1998 and 2001, and according to the Philadelphia District Attorney, began when the victim was just 11 years old.
According to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, there is evidence that Brennan was known to exhibit sexually abusive behavior, but was reassigned to different parishes across the Philadelphia area. Williams also indicated that there was at least one prior complaint about Brennan in 1992 from a concerned mother, that Brennan had inappropriately touched a 7th grader. Source: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com, “Philly Priest Sexually Abused Altar Boy for Years: DA”
Williams also indicated that Father Brennan received psychological counseling more than once and was still returned to the ministry.
In a scathing 2005 Philadelphia Grand Jury report, Father Brennan was noted to have been involved in the sexual abuse/inappropriate touching of over 20 boys from many of Brennan’s parishes. After the report, the Philadelphia Archdiocese limited Brennan’s ministry. Brennan was living in Maryland at the time of his arrest.
This new victim came forward after the highly publicized Lynn criminal trial. The victim’s identity has not been revealed.
Could Lynn Face New Charges for this Recent Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case?
The answer is yes. Lynn, who has already been convicted of child endangerment, could face new, similar charges. Child endangerment charges stem from a single or series of acts pertaining to a specific child. Pennsylvania’s child endangerment statute, Section 4304(a), defines child endangerment as follows:
A parent, guardian or other person supervising the welfare of a child under 18 years of age, or a person that employs or supervises such a person, commits an offense if he knowingly endangers the welfare of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support. (emphasis added)
Therefore, Lynn could face new charges in the case involving Robert Brennan and the latest victim to come forward. The Philadelphia D.A. should absolutely prosecute Lynn and send a clear message to priests and priest supervisors that child sex abuse will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
- Pennsylvania Priest Church Sex Abuse Scandal – Thomas Rooney
- The Catholic Church Priest Sex Abuse Scandal
About Brian Kent – Former Prosecutor and Now Civil Sex Abuse Lawyer
Brian Kent is a former sex crimes unit prosecutor who now represents victims of crime and victims of sex abuse. He offers a free consultation to all victims of sex abuse to discuss criminal and civil cases. 800.220.7600