Fr. Michael J. O’Brien

Ordained: 2000
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Placed on leave in 9/21 after the archdiocese received a report that O’Brien abused an altar boy in the early 2000s. His accuser filed a lawsuit in 12/21, alleging that O’Brien sexually assaulted him over four years, beginning in 2004 when he was age 7. O’Brien would allegedly beat the boy if he did not comply with his sexual demands. O’Brien was assigned to St. Mary’s in Aspen 2002-2011, went on sabbatical for 6 months for “health reasons,” then was assigned as pastor to St. Anthony’s in Julesburg. He denied the allegations.

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