November 17, 2005

Defense, prosecutors react to conviction of priest


MESA, Ariz. The Phoenix Diocese says the trial of former Catholic Priest Paul LeBrun was "a long and arduous journey for all involved."

Jurors found LeBrun guilty today of sexually abusing boys in his care.

In a statement this afternoon, the Catholic diocese says it hopes the trial's end brings "closure, healing and reconciliation."

Prosecutors alleged that LeBrun took advantage of young boys in Arizona and Indiana whose parents were abusive, divorced or who were abandoned by their fathers.

Posted by kshaw at November 17, 2005 07:29 PM