Priest charged with sexual abuse of former Resurrection of Our Lord student
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is charging 75-year-old Rev. Robert Brennan with rape, involuntary deviate sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.
“Rev. Brennan is charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Northeast Philadelphia between 1998 and 2001,” Williams said. “The assaults started when the boy was 11 years of age and continued until he was 14 years old.”
Brennan was assistant pastor of the church at the time of the alleged assaults. Williams says his team began investigating the case after receiving information from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
“The victim reported Brennan’s abuse to the Archdiocese in 2013, the Archdiocese immediately — I mean that same day — contacted the District Attorney’s office to share that report,” he said.
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