Fr. Michael C. O’Brien

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

In 1993 a teenage boy complained that O’Brien sexually abused him during a 1991 canoe trip. O’Brien was placed on leave and police notified. Police could not substantiate allegations and Archdiocese allowed him to return to work at the same parish. Reassigned to a new parish 1999. Placed on leave in 2004 when diocese reopened investigation. Returned to assignment within a month. Placed on leave for third time 7/08 on allegations from 1960s. Laicized at own request in 2/10. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Settlement 7/16/20 of claims of abuse of a boy at St. Michael’s in Snohomish, where O’Brien was pastor 1974-79.


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