Lawsuit Filed against Sarasota Catholic Priest

Associated Press, carried in NBC 15 [Sarasota FL]
November 9, 2005

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A lawsuit says a former alter boy at a Sarasota church was molested 20 years ago by a Catholic priest.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday, is against 65-year-old George Brennan and the Diocese of Venice.

It says the alleged abuse took place when the man was 11. The lawsuit claims it occurred for more than a year while Brennan was a seminarian at the Incarnation Catholic Church.

In 1991, Brennan pleaded no contest to exposing himself to an undercover deputy during an investigation of men soliciting male prostitutes at an Interstate 75 rest stop.