The Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
A priest in the Syracuse Catholic Diocese has been charged with forcibly touching a minor over several years, deputies said. Rev. Nathan Brooks, 36, of LaFayette, is accused of touching the minor between 2019 and 2021 in the town of Homer and in the city of Cortland.
Brooks is an administrator at the Church of the Nativity at St. Joseph in LaFayette, Immaculate Conception in Pompey, St. Leo in Tully and St. Patrick Mission in Otisco.
Brooks was charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree sex abuse, all misdemeanors, deputies said. The diocese in July agreed to pay $100 million to sex abuse survivors as part of a bankruptcy settlement.
From the Diocese of Syracuse:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that the Diocese of Syracuse has been informed by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department that four misdemeanor charges involving a minor have been filed against Father Nathan Brooks in Cortland County Court on August 31, 2023.
Following diocesan policy, Father Brooks who serves as Administrator of the Church of the Nativity at St. Joseph, Lafayette; Immaculate Conception, Pompey; St. Leo, Tullly and St. Patrick Mission, Otisco is suspended from all priestly ministry during the investigation of these charges.
This is distressing news, most certainly to me, and to all of you. As a Catholic family, we have been on a journey of trying to make amends for the great harm that was caused in the past and now we are faced with this situation.
Father Nathan Brooks of the Diocese of Syracuse has been charged with four misdemeanors involving a minor. https://t.co/g4XtvR0YEY
— CNY Central (@CNYCentral) September 1, 2023
Nathan Brooks, a priest with the Diocese of Syracuse, was charged with three misdemeanors surrounding allegations of sexual abuse https://t.co/85UUeaBqjE
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