February 16, 2005

N.Va. Priest Charged in Child Porn Probe

Washington Post

By Karin Brulliard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 16, 2005; Page B03

A longtime Catholic priest in Leesburg and other Northern Virginia communities has been indicted by a Loudoun County grand jury on a charge of possession of child pornography, which resulted from a worldwide crackdown, officials said yesterday.

The Rev. Robert C. Brooks, 72, who led St. John the Apostle in Leesburg for 14 years, registered with a child pornography Web site in 2003, attracting the attention of federal investigators, authorities said. Brooks stepped down in October after Loudoun officials told the Diocese of Arlington that they intended to charge him, authorities said.

Brooks was indicted Monday and released on bond yesterday. He joined the diocese in 1974, and before going to Leesburg, he was pastor of churches in Falls Church, Annandale, Vienna and Alexandria.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2005 03:52 AM