The father of the 13-year-old victim of alleged child abuse by a beloved Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church monsignor has come forward, saying that the diocese is downplaying the incident.
“[The diocese] says that there was no physical contact, but there was,” the father told Brooklyn Daily on Monday. “[Brady] exposed himself and shoved his hands down my son’s pants.”
Police arrested 77-year-old Msgr. Thomas Brady last week, a 20-year leader of the parish at 1950 Batchelder Street who retired in 2009, after the teen accused him of sexual misconduct earlier in the week. According to the New York Times, the charges against Brady include endangering the welfare of a child and attempted sexual abuse.
The teen’s identity – and that of his father – has not been reported, following ethical standards put in place by reporters and law enforcement to protect alleged victims who are minors. However, the paper reported he is a Plumb Beach resident attending Good Shepherd parochial school. According the report, the father is not permitting the son to return to school.
Police say the incident occured on Thursday morning, with Msgr. Brady allegedly making lewd comments and offering to have sex with the minor. Police did not say Brady touched the child, or a second teen who came forward during the investigation to say that Brady also made advances on him that same day.
“The diocese is taking this very seriously,” Stefanie Gutierrez, spokesperson for the Brooklyn Diocese, told Brooklyn Daily. “We confirmed that there have been allegations of inappropriate behavior, Msgr. Brady has been suspended and placed on administrative leave, announcements were made at all parish masses at Good Shepherd, and Bishop DiMarzio has asked for prayers for everyone involved.”
Brady has been removed from the Marine Park parish, and his case is being handled by the Staten Island District Attorny because of his friendly relationship with the Brooklyn District Attorney. He will return to court later this week to respond to the charges.