Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rev. Robert L. Brennan: Overdose victim's family sues Archdiocese for wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Wednesday the mother of Sean Patrick McIlmail.
The lawsuit contends that church officials' failure to remove Rev. Robert L. Brennan.
Brennan molested McIlmail from ages 11 to 14, beginning in 1998.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by the mother of Sean Patrick McIlmail, the 26-year-old Willow Grove man whose accidental overdose death last month ended the criminal prosecution of the Rev. Robert L. Brennan for rape.

The lawsuit by Deborah McIlmail was filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court also names Brennan and Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former church official responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by priests.

Lynn, 62, former secretary for clergy, was found guilty of child-endangerment in a trial last year and is serving 3 to 6 years in prison.

The lawsuit contends that church officials' failure to remove Brennan, a priest with a long history of complaints about misconduct with young boys, directly led to him molesting Patrick McIlmail from ages 11 to 14, beginning in 1998, when he was an altar boy at Resurrection of Our Lord parish at Castor Avenue and Vista Street in Rhawnhurst.

PHILADELPHIA (PA)

Philadelphia Inquirer

JOSEPH A. SLOBODZIAN, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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