July 01, 2005

Nashville Man Says He Was Abused By Priest 44 Years Ago

News Channel 5

David Brown claims that when he attended Nashville's Father Ryan High School in the 1960’s, he was sexually abused by a catholic priest who taught there.

Brown, who now works as a lawyer in Memphis, said he was a 15 year-old sophomore at Father Ryan when his biology teacher, Father Paul Fredrick Haas, raped him at Camp Marymount in middle Tennessee.

"And what's he saying to me as he's doing it? ‘You know this is a sin, but God knows my needs, and besides I love you.’ How sick can that be?” Brown said. David Brown told his story to the media Friday in front of the Catholic Diocese building in Nashville.

“I want to reach out to other victims. This is so important that we reach out and let them know they're not alone,” he said.

Father Haas died in 1979 from cancer.

Posted by kshaw at July 1, 2005 09:18 PM