Volunteer Charged with Sexual Abuse

January 27, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va. A volunteer pastor charged with sexually abusing a patient at an assisted living center has made a brief appearance in court.

Arlington County Police charged 69-year-old Richard O'Brien with aggravated sexual battery. They say he had sexual contact with an elderly patient who couldn't give consent.

O'Brien was arrested yesterday at his home in Annandale. He's being held without bond in the Arlington County jail.

Officials with the rehab center say O'Brien told them he was a priest with the Catholic Apostolic Church. But officials with the independent church say O'Brien hasn't been associated with the church for ten years.

O'Brien's next court appearance will be January 30th.


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