Ex-Philly priest charged amid new abuse complaint

Ex-Philly priest charged amid new abuse complaint

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Priest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Philadelphia priest suspected of abusing more than 20 children has been criminally charged after a new accuser came forward.

Seventy-five-year-old Fr. Robert L. Brennan was arrested in Perryville, Md., where he'd been living since he was suspended after a 2005 grand jury report.

At the time, prosecutors said it was too late to pursue complaints that went back decades.

But accusers now have more time to pursue charges, and a new accuser says Brennan sexually assaulted him from 1998-2001, starting when he was 11.

District Attorney Seth Williams says he would have also charged Monsignor William Lynn with child endangerment for allegedly hiding the earlier complaints, but the statute for that charge had run out.

Lynn is in prison for endangering another child.

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