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Priest, 75, charged with raping boy in Pennsylvania, arrested in Perryville

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A Philadelphia priest, who has been charged with raping a boy more than a decade ago, was arrested last week in Perryville, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said.

Rev. Robert L. Brennan, 75, is charged with assaulting an altar boy from 1998 and 2001, while Brennan was assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, according to a news release from the District Attorney's Office. The abuse is alleged to have started when the boy was 11 and continued until he was 14.

Brennan is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault; according to the news release, the boy reported the abuse in January 2013.

The assaults allegedly took place in the church's sacristy, the priest's rectory bedroom, in a storage area on parish property and a movie theater.

Brennan, who according to Maryland court records lives in Perryville, was arrested on Sept. 25 by the Perryville Police Department.

He was held without bail in Cecil County and received an extradition hearing in Elkton late last week. He has since been returned to Pennsylvania to await trial, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday. He is being held on $1 million bail in Pennsylvania; his trial is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Brennan is suspected of misconduct dating to at least 1990 and 1991, when officials at two Catholic schools outside Philadelphia raised concerns about his behavior as it related to several students, according to an earlier news release, which also states church officials had responded to a parent's complaint by transferring Brennan to another assignment.

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