By Pei-Sze Cheng (NBC News)
October 15, 2011
A Brooklyn Monsignor faces charges of child sex abuse charges.
A retired Brooklyn monsignor was arrested Friday and charged with attempted sexual abuse of a minor.
Monsignor Thomas Brady, 78, is the former pastor of the Good Shepherd Parish in Marine Park.
The Brooklyn diocese has placed Brady on administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate conduct with two minors. One of them is a 13-year-old boy who told police the priest tried to kiss and fondle him.
Police say the incident happened Thursday morning at the church.
Brady led the church for several decades, officiating weddings and baptisms, and has continued to live in the rectory since his retirement. He once served as a chaplain for the FDNY.
His charges include two counts of attempted sex abuse in the 2nd and 3rd degree, an attempted criminal sexual act in the 2nd degree and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.
A special prosecutor will be assigned to the case, since the DA, Charles Hynes, personally knows the Monsignor.
Parishioners gathered in front of the church Friday in utter disbelief of the charges.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has requested prayers for "the victims of misconduct as well as for Msgr. Brady."
Brady was arraigned and released on $2,000 bond. His next court date is October 19.