Witness: Man changed story at priest’s canon trial

Lebanon Daily News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
Updated: 04/30/2012

PHILADELPHIA—The judge in an internal Catholic church trial says a man accusing a priest of sexual assault once changed his story.

Monsignor Kevin Quirk, a canon lawyer now in West Virginia, testified Monday in the Rev. James Brennan’s criminal priest-abuse trial in Philadelphia.

Quirk presided over the 2008 church trial. He detailed allegations that Brennan sexually assaulted a 14-year-old during a 1996 sleepover at the priest’s apartment.

On cross-examination, Quirk said he never delved into the man’s second allegation because the accuser withdrew that complaint.

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