Retrial for Fr. Brennan in Priest Child Sex Abuse Case

Fr. James Brennan will be retried on charges that he sexually abuses a 14-year-old boy in 1996

By Karen Araiza
|  Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013  |  Updated 2:14 PM EDT
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Father James Brennan learned Monday that the prosecution will retry charges against him in the priest sex abuse case. NBC10's Terry Ruggles reports.

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Father James Brennan learned Monday that the prosecution will retry charges against him in the priest sex abuse case. NBC10's Terry Ruggles reports.

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Father Brennan: I'm Tired, Grateful, Blessed

Father James Brennan talks for the first time after the priest child sex abuse trial. He's going home a free man after being accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy. Jurors couldn't agree on the two charges against him. Msgr. William Lynn, who was also on trial, went to jail after the trial ended. He was found guilty of one charge of child endangerment.
Msgr. Lynn Goes to Jail

Partial Verdict in Priest Sex Abuse Trial

Jurors found Monsignor William Lynn guilty on one count of child endangerment Friday. He was acquitted on two other counts. The jury could not agree on a verdict for the Reverend James Brennan. Lynn is now the first ever U.S. church official convicted in connection with the clergy child abuse scandal. NBC10's Claudia Rivero has more on Friday's verdict and jurors describe the process they went through in reaching the verdict.
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Father James Brennan will be retried in the landmark priest child sex abuse case.

He's accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Jurors could not agree on a verdict in his first trial.

On Monday morning, Philadelphia prosecutors announced they'll put Brennan on trial again.

"I keep up my prayer life," Fr. Brennan told NBC10's Terry Ruggles after the decision was announced. "I'm stronger now than I've ever been. This has really brought me to a whole new place, spiritually and personally and I rely on friends and family like never before."

He was a co-defendant in the trial earlier this summer with Monsignor William Lynn. After 13 days of deliberating, jurors could not agree on verdicts for Brennan and could only agree on one of the three verdicts for Lynn. Lynn was convicted of one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of mishandling sex abuse complaints while he was secretary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Monsignor Lynn was acquitted of a second charge of endangerment and a charge of conspiracy. He was taken straight to jail and was denied a later request to be put under house arrest until his sentencing on July 24.

On the day of the verdicts in that first trial, Father Brennan was elated that he got to home a free man. The jury was hung on one count of attempted rape and a second count of endangering the welfare of a child.

"My faith is what got me through all this! The prayers from family, friends that have just been constant, constant for me."

Two jurors who talked that day told NBC10 that they couldn't make up their minds about the charges against Brennan because they either didn't find the witnesses credible, didn't feel like they got enough information to make a good decision and they wanted to hear from Father Brennan.

Fr. Brennan's attorney says he thinks his client has been through enough, but they are "ready to go."

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