The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
For immediate release: Wednesday, May 27
For more information David Clohessy 314 566 9790
Predator priest is missing
New arrest warrants are out for him
Catholic cleric worked in SC, GA & MD
He violates parole by not registering his address
Victims beg other “victims, witnesses & whistleblowers” to come forward
Clergy sex abuse support group urges Catholic officials to “warn your flock”
New arrest warrants have been issued by Maryland criminal authorities for a convicted predator priest who has failed to disclose his home address to parole officials. A Catholic diocese paid a $4.3 million settlement to one of his victims and still has a duty, some victims feel, to warn the public about him.
In 2002, Fr. Wayland Y. Brown pled guilty to charges of child abuse and battery for performing sexual acts on a teenage boy and his younger brother between 1974 and 1977 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
He spent five years behind bars, half of his sentence, before being released without a parole hearing in 2008.
But just days ago, agent Harold Shelby with the Maryland Parole Division notified one of Brown’s victims, Allan C. Ranta of Georgia, that Brown is violating a state law that requires convicted sex offenders to let the parole department know where they are living. On the official Maryland sex offender registry, Brown is now listed as “non-compliant.”
Shelby said that arrest warrants are being issued for Brown's arrest by Maryland police and parole officials.
“This is a dangerous man, who threatened to kill one of his victims, and parents need to be warned about him,” said Barbara Dorris of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a Chicago-based support group. “We hope families in Maryland, South Carolina and Georgia will especially be vigilant and we hope anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Brown’s crimes – past or current - will call police immediately.”
SNAP also wants church officials in all three states to spread the word that Brown’s missing. (Brown was ordained in Georgia, next worked in Maryland, and was sued and may be criminally charged in South Carolina.)
“Catholic officials recruit, educate, ordain, hire, train, supervise and often transfer and protect predator priests,” Dorris said. “It’s immoral for them to walk away when a child molesting cleric gets caught, and do little or nothing to warn others about him or help prosecutors convict him.”
In civil litigation, one of Brown’s victims has been represented by attorneys Larry Richter and Aaron Edwards of Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Brown faces a pending criminal investigation in South Carolina by the head solicitor of Beaufort County, Duffy Stone (District14).
Besides Gaithersburg, Brown also worked in Silver Spring. He was assigned to five church positions in Georgia towns, including Camilla, Augusta, Savannah, Moultrie and Isle of Hope. The first report of suspicious behavior by Brown was made to church officials in 1969, when he was a catechism teacher in Savannah. Despite warnings by a high ranking diocesan staffer, Savannah’s then-Bishop Raymond Lessard ordained Brown in 1977.
A photo of Brown and his work history can be found at
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests