|Broderick Exonerated of All Charges
By Dayana Perez
News 10 Now
April 9, 2009
FONDA, N.Y. — It was a day filled with mixed emotions at the Montgomery County courthouse as the fate of Catholic Priest John Broderick was revealed.
Broderick, who faced one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, was fully exonerated by the court.
"I feel really grateful for the supporters and all of those who have been praying. Of course for the priesthood itself, which is why I have taken this fight and tried to fight this, so I'm very happy," Broderick said.
Family members of the boys left silently from the courtroom after Broderick was let off the charge. They did not want to comment, but their spokesman, John Aretakis, did give in his two cents.
"We were led to believe for the past month or two that Broderick will be leaving court today in handcuffs and go on to jail. So obviously, for this development to happen, not only surprising, but devastating, to the family," Aretakis said.
"The court was courageous. Did the right thing. Followed the law and properly dismissed a count that should have never been submitted to the jury," said defense attorney Bruce Barket.
Just months ago Broderick, a former Syracuse priest, was being tried for allegedly molesting four boys under the age of 12 who live in the Town of Palatine. He was accused of inappropriately touching them while he made monthly visits to the area and was acting as their mother's spiritual advisor.
On February 18th, a jury found him not guilty and acquitted him of two felony counts of child abuse.
"I think it's a victory for the truth and I hope for the family, that they can come to some peace," said Broderick.
While on trial, Broderick was suspended from the Syracuse Diocese. Diocesan officials will have to decide now whether Broderick will continue practicing or get permanently removed from the priesthood.
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