Priest Convicted on Sex Abuse, Faces 100-Plus Years in Prison
LeBrun, who could face more than 100 years in prison, has been stripped
of his priestly duties, but has not been defrocked. He stood trial on
eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of child molestation.
Jurors deadlocked on five counts and acquitted LeBrun on a sixth; one
other count was dropped.
Sidebar: Priests in trouble
• The Rev. Wilputte "Lan" Sherwood pleaded guilty to attempted sexual conduct with a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor at St. Benedict Church, Chandler. Sentenced in August 1993 to 10 years in prison.
• Father Karl LeClaire, former pastor of Queen of Peace Church, Mesa, stood trial for one day in Maricopa County Superior Court on child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor. Pleaded guilty to lesser charge of aggravated assault with sexual motivation, sentenced to one year in jail last January.
• Lawrence Joseph Lovell pleaded guilty to child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor in Yavapai County. Sentenced for 14 years in prison in March 2004. Entered no contest plea in Maricopa County in January 2005 to child molestation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor when assigned to St. Anthony and St. Pius X churches in Phoenix in 1984 and 1985. Sentenced to 12 years in prison, consecutive to Yavapai sentence, but sentence suspended and placed on five years probation.
• George Bredemann faced three counts of attempted child molestation. Sentenced in 1991 to 45 years in prison.
• John Giandelone, former priest, was sentenced in 2004 to 22 months in prison for sexually abusing an altar boy in 1979.
• Mark Lehman, former priest, served 10 years in prison for molesting three young girls in 1992 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix.
• The Revs. Patrick Colleary, Joseph Henn and Joseph Briceno, all
facing sex charges, are all still sought in foreign nations by prosecutors.
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