- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Roman Catholic priest from Philadelphia accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996 has pleaded no contest to simple assault under a deal with prosecutors.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2eg5nsX ) the Rev. James Brennan entered the plea on Monday. Prosecutors say he’ll be sentenced to two years’ probation.

Brennan’s attorney says the offer was too good to refuse. Prosecutors say the deal was reached with the victim’s input.

Jury selection was set for Monday on attempted rape and endangerment charges.

Brennan was charged following an investigation into how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia handled child sex-abuse complaints.

Co-defendant Msgr. William Lynn will be retried next year over his handling of priest-abuse complaints after his child endangerment conviction was twice overturned. He remains free on $250,000 bail.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com



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