Fr. Robert Brooks – Diocese of Richmond

| Mar 3, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Robert Brooks

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1968      St. Louis (Alexandria, VA)
  • 1968-1971      St. Philip (Falls Church, VA)
  • 1971                St. John the Apostle (Highland Springs, VA)
  • 1972                 St. Mark (Vienna, VA)
  • 1973-1980      St. Ambrose (Annandale, VA)
  • 1980-1990      St. James (Falls Church, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Brooks:

Father Robert Brooks was ordained for the Diocese of Richmond and incardinated into the Diocese of Arlington when it was erected in 1974. Brooks served at churches in Falls Church, Annandale, Vienna and Alexandria, before ministering at St. John the Apostle for 14 years.

According to media reports, in October 2004 Father Brooks was removed from active ministry immediately after Loudoun County officials reported to the Diocese of Arlington that they intended to arrest Father Brooks on a charge of possession of child pornography. The investigation reportedly began in September 2004 when members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) learned that Brooks was allegedly discovered to be a registered user of a child pornography website.

In February 2005, Father Brooks was arrested. In October 2005, he pleaded no contest to the charges. Just before sentencing in December 2005, a man came forward to allege that Brooks had exposed himself to the man when the victim was 13-year-old.  Such an allegation can result in an upward departure in a child pornography sentence; a defendant can receive a longer sentence for sexual abusing kids even though he was not charged with the abuse itself.

Brooks was sentenced to three years in prison, but the jail time was suspended in favor of two years probation after several church members spoke of his years of service. Brooks was also required to complete a sexual offender treatment program.

In February 2019, Father Brooks‘ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Arlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  His name does not appear on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of accused clergy. According to the Arlington Diocese, Brooks retired with no active ministry or faculties in 2006.

His current whereabouts are unknown.  If he is still living, he would be approximately 85 years old.  He is not a registered sex offender.

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