Fr. Sylvester F. Brown

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 01/6/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Winona-Rochester MN

Following a recent court order, on 12/16/2013 Bishop Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had credible allegations against them of abuse involving minors. Brown’s inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. The list updated 6/23/2014 shows that there were at least two allegations against him known by Diocese as early as 1985. He asked a minor male and an adult male to expose genitals under the pretext of checking their development. Similar allegations were made in 1992, 2003 and 2013 of abuse 1963-1971. Added to the Stockton diocese’s list in 11/20, where he had faculties 10/1/2008-10/6/2008. Brown died 1/6/2010.

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