Friday, October 21, 2005


Former South Bend priest faces child molestation trial in Arizona

South Bend, IN - Jury selection is underway for the child molestation trial of a former South Bend priest.

Prospective jurors began filling out questionnaires Thursday in Mesa, Arizona to hear the case of reverend Paul Lebrun.

Opening statements in the trial are expected next week.

Lebrun faces five counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of molestation.

Lebrun served as an associate pastor at South Bend's Little Flower Catholic Church in the 1980's.

Testimony from some alleged victims in South Bend will be allowed at Lebrun's case in Arizona, however, all of the charges filed against Lebrun are Arizona casesr.

The statute of limitations prevents charges from being filed in the Indiana cases.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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