CNA Staff, Sep 5, 2023 / 16:01 pm
A Catholic priest in New York’s Diocese of Syracuse has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse, including that of a minor, for alleged incidents from 2019 to 2022. In response, the local bishop suspended the priest from ministry and called for prayers for everyone involved.
Father Nathan Brooks, 36, faces several misdemeanor charges filed Aug. 31 in Cortland County Court in central New York. These include endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching, and sexual abuse in the third degree.
Brooks, who resides in the town of Lafayette, has been serving as administrator of three churches: Church of the Nativity at St. Joseph in Lafayette, Immaculate Conception in Pompey, St. Leo in Tully, and St. Patrick Mission in Otisco.
Bishop Douglas J. Lucia on Friday said that Brooks has been suspended from all ministry during the investigation.