PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former Philadelphia priest once accused of sex abuse is now facing new charges. Robert Brennan, 81, was arrested earlier Thursday and charged with four counts of making false statements to the FBI.
In 2013, Brennan was charged with sexually abusing a minor, but when his accuser died of a drug overdose, those charges were dropped.READ MORE: World Of Wheels Auto Show Returns To David L. Lawrence Convention Center
The new charges stem from an interview Brennan gave last April in which he allegedly made false statements.READ MORE: West Virginia Lawmakers Approve Needle Exchange Regulations
“Making false statements to the FBI is a serious crime, and given the circumstances, the alleged false statements here are particularly disturbing,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. “We will use all of the tools at our disposal to hold this defendant accountable for his alleged actions.”MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Firefighters, Hilltop Pharmacy Hold COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic For Second Dose Distribution
Brennan served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1993 to 2004 at Resurrection of Our Lord parish.