November 18, 2005

Reaction from Paul Lebrun's trial


Story filed by NewsCenter16 Reporter
Stephanie Stang

Mesa, AZ - A jury in Mesa, Arizona convicted Father Paul Lebrun on six counts, in the sexual molestation of young boys Thursday.

Lebrun shook his head as the verdicts were read aloud; a trusted priest, now a convicted child molester.

“During the trial I felt he didn't think they would find him guilty. He never once didn't smile,” said one of the victim’s mothers.

The Michiana community knows Lebrun from his years at the Little Flower Church in South Bend, during the 1990's. Indiana State Police investigated allegations of abuse here, but because of statute of limitations, no charges were filed.

Lebrun later moved to Arizona where he was accused of molesting six young boys from his church. During the trial four Indiana men testified.

“He said throughout this process was in the hands of God,” said Kenneth Huls, Lebrun’s attorney.

Posted by kshaw at November 18, 2005 08:40 AM