- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

A former Washington-area seminarian is expected to plead guilty to sexually abusing two brothers during the 1970s.
Wayland Yoder Brown, 59, a Catholic priest living in Savannah, Ga., is expected to plead guilty to one count of child abuse and one count of battery, according to a pre-indictment memorandum filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court by the office of Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas Gansler.
In March, a 41-year-old man reported to prosecutors that he had been abused by Father Brown while he was a seminarian at various locations in the area, including his home, St. Rose of Lima Parish Rectory in Gaithersburg, and at the Catholic University in the District, as well as several locations in Georgia. The man's 39-year-old brother also said he was abused almost exclusively on the grounds of Catholic University.
Father Brown was arrested in Savannah on June 26.
The Montgomery County development came on the same day that Cardinal William H. Keeler, head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, revealed that 83 priests had been accused of molesting minors over the past seven decades.
In a letter sent yesterday to 180,000 Catholic households, Cardinal Keeler said that since the 1930s, 41 diocesan priests and 42 men in religious orders and priests from other dioceses had been accused of sexual abuse in the archdiocese.
None of the men is now in ministry, and all the cases have been reported to civil authorities, Cardinal Keeler said. Twenty-six of the priests died before their accusers came forward.
The cardinal also said the archdiocese has reached settlements with eight victims totaling $4.1 million over the past 20 years most of it covered by insurance.
Cardinal Keeler yesterday released details about the accused priests during a meeting with clergy, and then released the information, including the names of the priests, to the public. The information is posted on the archdiocesan Web site at www.archbalt.org.
"I am deeply sorry for the harm done to children entrusted to our care," Cardinal Keeler wrote. "I humbly ask forgiveness for my mistakes. Please pray for me so that I may better serve."
Cardinal Keeler said the zero-tolerance sexual abuse policy adopted by the U.S. bishops in June and questions from his parishioners persuaded him to authorize the accounting.
In Richmond this week, a Virginia Beach priest was stripped of his ministry after a monthlong investigation unearthed decades-old incidents of sexual misconduct.
The Rev. Eugene Teslovic, a pastor at St. Luke's in Virginia Beach, has been removed from all priestly duties, said the Rev. Pasquale Apuzzo, a spokesman for the Diocese of Richmond.
Bishop Walter F. Sullivan began investigating Father Teslovic after the priest informed the diocese that someone had approached him about a past sexual impropriety. The incident took place in 1977 and involved a parishioner in his 20s, Father Apuzzo said.
Bishop Sullivan subsequently determined that Father Teslovic had been involved in several incidents of sexual misconduct with minors during the late 1970s and mid-1980s.
Father Apuzzo said none of the victims has come forward.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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