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Priest Faces More Abuse Accusations

Jul 15, 2002 | AP

A priest charged with abusing a boy in the 1970s appears to be a serial offender, a prosecutor told a judge during a bail hearing Monday.

Montgomery County investigators have interviewed one man and are planning to interview two others they believe were molested by the Rev. Wayland Y. Brown in the 1970s, prosecutor Peter Feeney said.

Judge Mary Beth McCormick on Monday reaffirmed the $750,000 bail initially set after Brown was extradited last week. Police arrested him June 26 at his Savannah, Ga., home.

Brown, 58, tried to speak during the hearing, but his attorney and the judge advised him against it.

He faces child abuse and related charges for allegedly molesting a Gaithersburg boy between 1973 and 1975. Prosecutors say the incidents took place in the boy's home, a church rectory and the Georgia home of Brown's parents.

The priest does not face charges related to any other alleged victims.

Brown studied at the Washington Theological College in the District of Columbia in the early 1970s but did not graduate. He was ordained in the Diocese of Savannah in 1977 and served at several parishes. He was removed from active ministry in 1988, for what the diocese called "personality issues."

While a seminary student, Brown was assigned temporarily to St. Rose of Lima church in Gaithersburg where he became close friends with the mother of a 12-year-old boy, according to charging documents.

The victim, now 41, confronted Brown earlier this year while wearing a police wiretap. Brown apologized but said he could not remember.

Feeney said another man has alleged Brown molested him while the priest was a deacon at a Prince George's County church more than 25 years ago. The man was then an altar boy at the church.

The allegations made by two other men are from when Brown was at the seminary, Feeney said.

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