October 27, 2005

Valley priest had history of sexual abuse, jurors told

The Arizona Republic

Jim Walsh
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 27, 2005 02:00 PM

A former West Valley priest accused of molesting six boys between 1986 and 1991 preyed on the youngsters who had turned to him for guidance and counsel, a pattern of abuse that began years earlier in Indiana, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

"Each of them had no father figure to go to, each of them went to Paul LeBrun," Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in opening statements.

The Rev. LeBrun, 49, is standing trial on five counts of child molestaton and eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor. The alleged crimes occurred mostly during camping trips, the prosecution maintains.

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