November 18, 2005

Priest guilty in Valley molestations

East Valley Tribune

By Gary Grado, Tribune
November 18, 2005
A Mesa jury convicted an Indiana priest Thursday of molesting young boys while he worked at West Valley parishes from 1986 to 1991.

The Rev. Paul Le Brun, 49, is the first of nine priests to be tried on sexual offenses they were indicted on in 2003 after a yearlong investigation into sexual misconduct in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

Le Brun faces 81 to 111 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 13.

A 12-count grand jury indictment alleged that Le Brun molested six boys while he was at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tolleson and St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear.

Deputy Maricopa County attorney Rachel Mitchell said four other men from Indiana whose allegations weren’t part of the indictment also testified against Le Brun.

Posted by kshaw at November 18, 2005 04:02 PM