Elmira Priest Resigned after Allegations of Sexual

Associated Press State & Local Wire
April 9, 2002

A priest resigned from a hospital Tuesday after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a teen-age girl in Ohio in the 1970s, a newspaper reported.

Rev. Joseph Brodnick, 58, a chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital since January 1997, is one of nine priests suspended Monday by the Most Rev. Anthony Pilla, Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland. The suspensions followed a subpoena issued Friday by the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor's office for records of child sexual abuse allegations against priests in the Cleveland diocese.

Brodnick, who spent most of his career in Ohio, has had no allegations of inappropriate behavior since he came to Elmira, 74 miles southwest of Syracuse, said St. Joseph's spokesman Denis Sweeney.

The priest was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a girl in her late teens in the mid-1970s, while he was assigned as a priest in Cleveland, Michael Tedesco, spokesman for the Rochester Roman Catholic Diocese, told the Star-Gazette of Elmira.

Rochester Diocese and hospital officials said they were aware of the allegations before Brodnick's assignment.

Brodnick could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


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