2011-10-21 / Top Stories

Former St. Camillus Pastor Arrested

By Nicholas Briano

Monsignor Thomas Brady. Photo courtesy of NY Post. Monsignor Thomas Brady. Photo courtesy of NY Post. The retired Marine Park pastor who was arrested last week for allegedly inappropriately touching two teenage boys in separate incidents also served as a pastor to St. Camillus Church.

Monsignor Thomas Brady, 78, served at the Rockaway Park church from 1985 through 1990. He was arrested at the Good Shepherd Church rectory last week in Marine Park where he still resides despite being retired from the church. According to police, one of the incidents allegedly took place inside the church last Thursday.

Brady became an ordained priest in 1959 and after his brief stint with St. Camillus he moved on to Good Shepherd Church where he retired in 2009. According to the diocese, he’s been battling cancer and is currently receiving chemotherapy.

A statement released by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn stated that Brady has been placed on administrative leave by the Diocese pending an investigation by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

The diocese says they encourage any person who has been abused by clergy or church personnel to report the incidents to authorities. Calling a confidential line set up by the diocese at 888- 643-4499 can facilitate the process.

Brady was arraigned and released on $2,000 bail after appearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Friday. He was charged with attempted sex abuse, attempted sexual activity and endangering the welfare of a child.

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