30 years after abuse, survivor finds hope in former priest’s guilty plea


October 28, 2018

By Mirtha Donastorg

With just four words, Chris Templeton’s tears started flowing. For the first time in his life, he was hearing the priest who abused him more than three decades ago say, “Guilty, your honor. Guilty.”

On Tuesday, Wayland Brown, 76, pleaded guilty to nine charges of criminal sexual conduct of a minor for abusing two boys in the 1970s and 1980s. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

But the relief that Templeton, 44, said he had been “looking for since day one” almost never came.

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