Contact Us

Clergy Abuse (DNU)
*    Denotes required field.

   * First Name 

   * Last Name 

   * Email 


Cell Phone 

Street Address 

Zip Code 



State of occurrence: 

When did the abuse occur? 

Name of religious institution (organization) where abuse occurred:

   * Please describe your case:

For verification purposes, please answer the below question:

No Yes, I agree to the Parker Waichman LLP disclaimers. Click here to review.

Yes, I would like to receive the Parker Waichman LLP monthly newsletter, InjuryAlert.

please do not fill out the field below.

Church Investigates Allegations Of Abuse

Sep 26, 2002 | The Arizona Republic

A Roman Catholic priest who served as a youth minister in Avondale and Tolleson is being investigated in Indiana for alleged sexual misconduct with children.

The Diocese of Phoenix confirmed Wednesday that the Rev. Paul LeBrun has been removed from his duties in Indiana while authorities investigate accusations against him by several men that he sexually abused them when they were boys.

"We are always saddened to learn of allegations against any priest," said Kim Sue Lia Perkes, spokeswoman for the Phoenix diocese.

"It certainly took us by surprise. We had no idea until we were contacted by (LeBrun's superiors in Indiana) that there were these kinds of allegations against Father LeBrun."

LeBrun, a member of the Holy Cross order with a master's of divinity from Notre Dame, has spent most of his 20-year career in Indiana. However, in 1986 he transferred to Arizona, where he served as a youth minister at St. John Vianney Church in Avondale and Blessed Sacrament Church in Tolleson, Perkes said.

In July 1990, he became the full-time youth minister at Blessed Sacrament; he returned to Indiana in 1993.

"We had no indications that there were any problems while he was here," Perkes said. "According to a priest who served with Father LeBrun here, he was very good at his job."

The Diocese of Phoenix is one of many across the country under investigation for its handling of allegations of sexual abuse directed at priests and other diocesan employees.

Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley on Tuesday complained that Phoenix church officials were not cooperating fully, which the officials denied.

Perkes on Wednesday encouraged any Valley residents with allegations of abuse against LeBrun to contact the proper civil authorities.

Related articles
Parker Waichman Accolades And Reviews Best Lawyers Find Us On Avvo