Priest accused of attempted rape pleads no contest, gets probation
PHILADELPHIA — An Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest accused of trying to rape a teenage boy will receive probation after pleading no contest Monday.
Jury selection had been set for Monday for the Rev. James J. Brennan’s retrial on charges of attempted rape and endangerment, but a deal was reached Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Brennan, 53, pleaded no contest to one count of simple assault and will be sentenced to two years’ probation. He has not been in active ministry for more than 10 years.
Brennan’s attorney, William J. Brennan, said he was confident that a retrial... read more
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