November 16, 2005

Molestation trial winds down for ex-priest

The Arizona Republic

Jim Walsh
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 15, 2005 12:00 AM

MESA - The monthlong trial for a former West Valley Catholic priest accused of molesting boys neared its end Monday, as his attorney and the prosecutor gave their closing arguments.

Paul LeBrun, 49, could face more than 100 years in prison if jurors decide to convict him of molesting six boys in Arizona after the trial in a Mesa courtroom.

LeBrun, 49, already stripped of his duties, preyed on vulnerable young boys whose parents were abusive, divorced or abandoned by their fathers in Arizona and Indiana, prosecutor Suzanne Cohen said. advertisement

"He was basically a wolf in sheep's clothing," Cohen said during closing arguments Monday. "Everything he did was to get close to these little boys. Everything he did was to abuse these little boys."

Posted by kshaw at November 16, 2005 12:45 AM