Former Priest and Serial Abuser Arrested in Philadelphia on Federal Charges

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Sept. 5, 2019

A priest who has been accused of abusing children since the 1980s was just arrested in Philadelphia on federal charges. We are grateful for this move and know that it will keep children safer.

Defrocked priest Robert L. Brennan was arrested for allegedly lying to federal investigators about his relationship with the family of one of his accusers. We hope that this arrest signals that law enforcement officials in the FBI are looking closely at cases of clergy abuse and finding opportunities to keep potentially dangerous men off the street.

Brennan may be old, but we know that there is no magic age at which a child abuser stops. In fact, when perpetrators are older, parents or youth-serving professionals may view them as less dangerous and be less vigilant. We believe that communities are safer as a result of this arrest.

“On behalf of many survivors in our area and fellow SNAP members, I’m grateful to the McIlmail family for always being there despite their loss,” said Philadelphia SNAP Leader Mike McDonnell.

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