January 14, 2006

Priest gets 111 years for sex abuse

Hindustan Times

Mesa, Arizona, January 14, 2006

A Catholic priest was sentenced on Friday to 111 years in state prison for sexually abusing three boys at a suburban Phoenix church and area campsites.

Rev. Paul LeBrun, 49, showed no emotion as he received the maximum sentence from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Crane McClennn in the first case in Arizona of a clergyman going to trial for such crimes.

He was convicted in November of six felony sex crimes against youths ranging in age from 11 to 13 years old.

LeBrun, a former youth minister, was found guilty by a jury of three counts each of child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor for crimes between July 1986 and May 1991.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2006 08:12 AM