Fr. David Francis Braun

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Included in archdiocesan report 3/20/06. Per documents released 11/14, in 1963 Braun “attempted immorality ” with 14-year-old male hitchhiker. Boy’s father and police agreed not to press charges if church handled it. Admitted to sex with young boys as early as 1956. Would pick boys up in car after school and abuse, including sodomy, in car or in Forest Preserves. Placed on leave, sent to treatment, reinstated as assistant at Lincoln Park parish. Moved among a number of Chicago parishes, then Wilmette pastor. Alcoholic, began work with others in alcohol treatment at Lakeshore Hospital in 1970s. Pastor in Round Lake, Palatine, North Riverside. Retired 1992, lived in IL and FL. Allegation 1992 of abuse in 1960 of boy, age 13. In 1994 a woman reported abuse mid-1960s, age 4. Bernardin ordered restrictions. In 1995, a man reported mid-1960s abuse, age 10. Braun died 12/97. By 2008 two more men had come forward, one alleging 1954 abuse, age 12, the other said early 1980s abuse, at age 22.


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