Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Brown, Jr.
Wayland Yoder 1977 P Convicted Diocesan First complaint 1969 when he was lay CCD teacher in Savannah. Ordained by Bishop Lessard despite advice from Vocation Director. Complaints through late 1980s. Returned to ministry after treatment at St. Luke's in 1986. Abuse as children in 1960s and 1970s alleged by 3 men. Pled guilty 9/02 to abuse of 2 boys in 1974 while at Catholic U. Seminary in DC; sentenced 2/6/03 to 10 yrs prison in MD. Laicized 2004. Released from prison 2008. New suit 6/08; settled 10/09 for $4.24M. On Sex Offender Registry. Suit filed 11/11; settled 7/16 for $4.5M. Indicted 8/17 in SC for rape of 2 boys in the late 1970s and 1980s on trips to SC, when he was assigned to St. James in Savannah and the boys were students at the parish school. Pled guilty. One victim said the abuse began at age 9, and that Brown put a gun to his head, threatened to kill him, his family and his dog, and liked killing small animals. Sentenced 10/18 to 20 years in prison. On diocese's list 11/8/18. Died in prison 6/8/19. Savannah, GA Source:
Washington Post 09.26.02; AP 02.06.03; Washington Post 02.07.03; Savannah Morning News 08.17.07; WSAV 10.25.07; Post and Courier 06.26.08; Savannah Morning News 06.28.08; Post and Courier 10.08.09; Savannah Morning News 10.28.09; WTOC 10.28.09; Savannah Morning News 10.29.09; Savannah Morning News 10.30.09; Post and Courier 11.02.09; Savannah Morning News 05.01.10; Post and Courier 12.11.10; Savannah Morning News 02.25.12; WSAV 02.27.12; Law360 07.26.12; SNAP 01.04.16; Fox 5 04.04.16; Savannah Morning News 07.06.16; SNAP 07.06.16; WSAV 07.06.16; WTOC 07.06.16; Savannah Morning News 07.10.16; WSAV 08.10.16; Southern Cross 08.18.16; WSAV 08.30.16; WSAV 02.27.17; WSAV 03.01.17; ABC Columbia 08.28.17; Island Packet 08.28.17; Savannah Morning News 08.28.17; WSAV 08.28.17; WSAV 08.28.17; WSAV 08.30.17; WSAV 09.01.17; WSAVi 09.01.17; WSAV-TV 09.15.17; Crux 10.24.18; WCIV TV 10.25.18; CNN 10.28.18; Diocese of Savannah List 11.08.18; Associated Press 06.25.19; Savannah Morning News 06.25.19; WSAV TV 06.25.19
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