Fr. Wayland Yoder Brown, Jr.

Ordained: 1977
Status: Guilty plea

Died: 06/8/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Savannah GA

First complaint in 1969 when Brown was a lay CCD teacher in Savannah. Ordained by Bishop Lessard despite advice from Vocations Director. Complaints through the late 1980s. Returned to ministry after treatment at St. Luke’s 10/1986-6/1987. Permanently removed from ministry in 7/1988. Three men alleged abuse as children by Brown in the 1960s and 1970s. Pled guilty in 9/2002 to abuse of two boys in 1974 while at Catholic University Seminary in DC; sentenced 2/6/2003 to 10 years prison in MD. Laicized in 7/2004. Released from prison in 2008. New suit in 6/2008; settled in 10/2009 for $4.24M. On Sex Offender Registry. Suit filed in 11/2011; settled in 7/2016 for $4.5M. Indicted in 8/2017 in SC for the rape of two boys in the late 1970s and 1980s on trips to SC, while assigned to St. James in Savannah; the boys were students at the parish school. Pled guilty. One victim said the abuse began at age 9, and that Brown put a gun to his head, threatened to kill him, his family and his dog, and that he liked killing small animals. Sentenced in 10/2018 to 20 years in prison. On the  diocese’s list 11/8/2018. Died in prison 6/8/2019. Suit filed in 9/2020. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report. Included in the 3/24/2023 GA PAC Report.

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.