Brennan: I Worry About the Opinion of One, the One I Have to Answer To

NBC 10

By Harry Hairston and David Chang

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012

Less than a week since a hung jury let him go free in the priest child sex abuse case, Father James Brennan is speaking out and telling his story to NBC10.

Brennan faced more than 20 years in prison after prosecutors charged and tried him for the attempted rape of a 13-year-old boy.

Last Friday however, a hung jury left Brennan walking out of court a free man. Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of endangering the welfare of the child and faces up to seven years in prison.
Brennan described how he reacted when he heard the verdict.

“I sat down at the table,” said Brennan. “That was the first time I cried.”

The verdict was far from an acquittal however and has done much to tarnish his reputation.

“I don’t think that will ever go away,” said Brennan. “I would like to have it go away but I don’t think it will ever go away.”

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