Ex-Catholic priest, 75, gets 20 years in SC prison for child sex abuse

Wayland Brown (Provided)

A judge in South Carolina has sentenced a former Catholic priest to 20 years in prison for sexually molesting children.

Wayland Brown, 75, was sentenced to prison Tuesday by a circuit judge in Jasper County after pleading guilty to nine child sex abuse charges.

Brown was charged with nine counts of first degree and second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor when state prosecutors indicted him in August 2017.

Prosecutors say Brown molested two middle-school aged children from Jasper County during the 1970s and 1980s, when Brown was a priest in Savannah.

Pope John Paul II formally laicized (defrocked) Brown in December 2004, according to the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.

Brown's defrocking came while he was in prison for a separate child sex abuse conviction in the state of Maryland.

Brown had not been involved in active ministry since 1988 at the time, the Savannah diocese says.

The Diocese of Savannah paid $4.5 million in 2016 to settle a lawsuit filed against Brown over more allegations he sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in Jasper County in the late 1980s, the Island Packet reports.

*Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Brown pleaded guilty to six of the nine charges against him. Prosecutors have clarified Brown pleaded guilty to all nine charges. The story has been changed to reflect the accurate information.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off