Fr. Laurence F.X. Brett

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Accused of abusing over two dozen altar boys and others, ages 10-18, in CT, NM, CA and MD. Two known female victims. Sent by Bridgeport diocese to treatment at Servants of the Paraclete in NM in 1964, after parents of one victim complained to papal nuncio and Brett admitted abuse. Settlement for $250K in 1994 to two victims molested in Sacramento, CA. Chaplain at Calvert Hall in Baltimore 1972-74, where 12+ boys alleged abuse, after 6 years of parish work. In MD Brett produced widely used Share the Word materials 1974-93. In 1990 Bishop Egan met Brett, who ‘made a good impression’. Egan removed him from ministry in 1993 when suit was filed v Bridgeport diocese. Fled to Caribbean in 1993; reportedly continued contact with children there. Located in 2002 by reporters; fled again. Included on Baltimore archdiocesan list 9/25/02. Laicized in 2006. Named in 2008 civil suit. Died 12/25/10. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17.

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