January 30, 2006

Volunteer Pastor Charged With Abuse Held Without Bond


POSTED: 8:45 am EST January 30, 2006
UPDATED: 4:16 pm EST January 30, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A volunteer pastor charged with sexually abusing a patient at an assisted living center in Arlington, Va., will remain behind bars.

Richard O'Brian, 69, appeared in Arlington General District Court Monday but did not enter a plea. But his defense attorney, Daniel Dorsey told News4 reporter Tracee Wilkins his client is innocent until proven guilty.

Dorsey told the judge that his client was not a flight risk, but the judge decided to hold O'Brian without bond.

O'Brian is charged with aggravated sexual battery, punishable by up to 20 years in jail and not more than a $100,000 fine.

Posted by kshaw at January 30, 2006 05:28 PM