Fr. James J. Brennan

Ordained: 1989
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused in 1/06 of abuse 8 years prior; removed. Permanently removed 8/06, case referred to Vatican. Named in Philadelphia Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Charged in 2/11 with attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996, whose report led to Brennan’s 2006 removal. Denied guilt. Tried with Msgr. Lynn, who was charged with child endangerment. Jury deadlocked on Brennan 6/22/12. Lynn convicted. Retrial of Brennan scheduled and delayed several times. Brennan freed on bail. In a 10/16 plea deal, pled no contest to second-degree misdemeanor assault. Given two years’ probation. Laicization pending.

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