Priest in Montgomery County Jailed for Sexual Abuse

July 3, 2008

July 03, 2008 - Police in Montgomery County have arrested a priest on sexual abuse charges stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred in 2001 and 2002, while he was serving at a parish in Germantown.

Officials say that when 65-year-old Aaron Joseph Cote was a youth minister at Mother Seton Parish nearly a decade ago, he sexually molested then 14-year-old Brandon Rains. Lucille Vaur is a spokeswoman for Montgomery County Police.

"The victim was being counseled by Father Cote, so he was meeting with him on a regular basis," Vaur says. "They had developed a relationship. During the summer of 2001, Father Cote brought the victim to an apartment in Germantown on several occasions."

Becky Ianni represents Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, a group that advocates for victims. She hopes this arrest will give others the courage to confront their abusers.

"Victims dont necessarily come forward in a timely way because of their pain," Ianni says. "They can't. I think by Brandons courage, that shows other victims it's okay to come forward. And that's what we hope will happen."

Cote is being held on $250,000 bond.

David Klatt reports...


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