November 19, 2005

Mesa priest guilty of abusing boys

Tucson Citizen

The Associated Press

MESA – A Catholic priest will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty yesterday of sexually abusing boys in his Arizona parishes.

His trial also included testimony from four Indiana men who said they were molested by the priest years before.

Jurors found the Rev. Paul LeBrun guilty after three weeks of testimony. LeBrun, 49, has been jailed since 2003, and now faces 81 to 110 years in prison.

Although he has been stripped of his priestly duties, LeBrun remains a member of the Catholic clergy.

The Diocese of Phoenix released a statement yesterday afternoon calling the process “a long and arduous journey for all involved in this case.” The statement said the diocese hopes the trial’s end brings “closure, healing and reconciliation.”

Posted by kshaw at November 19, 2005 01:00 AM