October 23, 2005

Man alleges abuse by priest, principal

Daily Herald

By Michael Puente
Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Sunday, October 23, 2005

A 37-year-old Minnesota man claims he was sexually abused by both a Catholic priest and the principal of his parochial school in Wheeling two decades ago.

Robert Brangard, a native of Wheeling, said he will make his claims public outside a Chicago church this morning as a way to persuade others who may have been abused by the two men to come forward so criminal charges can be pursued.

I want just one person to realize that its safe to say what happened, Brangard said Saturday. Im not looking for a paycheck.

Mary McDonough, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Archdiocese, declined comment because of a lack of information on the issue. The two men accused have denied any wrongdoing when questioned by police, according to copies of police reports provided by Brangard. Police were not available to discuss the case Saturday night.

Posted by kshaw at October 23, 2005 08:47 AM