October 28, 2005

Two testify in priest's trial

South Bend Tribune

The Arizona Republic

PHOENIX -- Two men in their 30s from Indiana suffered silently for years, but the hurt spilled out as they testified in Maricopa County Superior Court against a priest accused of molesting six Arizona boys.

A 38-year-old father from South Bend testified that the Rev. Paul LeBrun first fondled him when he was 13 years old, under the ruse that he was checking for a hernia.

"I wish he would do what he taught us to do, to be accountable for his actions, to be truthful,'' said the witness, whose identity is being withheld because he is allegedly a sex crimes victim.

LeBrun, 49, is accused of eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of child molestation. The allegations stem from his relationships with six Arizona boys between 1986 and 1991.

Posted by kshaw at October 28, 2005 08:38 PM