GA--Former Savannah priest arrested

For immediate release, August 28, 2017

Statement by Barb Dorris, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314-503-0003 [email protected]

A former Savannah priest, Wayland Yoder Brown, a convicted and registered sex offender in Maryland, was arrested yesterday on nine counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. The alleged crimes took place in Jasper County, South Carolina. Brown was arrested in Maryland and will be extradited to South Carolina.      

It’s never easy for survivors of child sex crimes to come forward and report what happened. But because South Carolina has victim-friendly legislation, law enforcement does not have its hands tied by statutes of limitations and artificial deadlines for victims to come forward. We encourage anyone with information about Brown to call the police. 

A native of Rome, Ga., Brown was ordained in the Savannah diocese in July 1977. He ministered in several parishes in Georgia and Maryland.  In June 2002, he was arrested in Savannah on charges of child abuse and perverted practice from Maryland stemming from misconduct in the 1970s when Brown was a seminarian in Washington, D.C.    

Brown pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse and battery for performing sexual acts on a teenage boy and his younger brother, ages 13 and 12, between 1974-1977 in Gaithersburg, Md.

He was sentenced to 10 years in a Maryland prison in November 2002, but was released after serving five years because of credits he earned for good behavior. He was required to register as a sex offender in Maryland.

In 2016, the Savannah diocese reached a $4.5 million settlement through mediation of a lawsuit against Brown and two bishops stemming from sexual abuse of a minor – more than 30 years ago and In October 2009, the Savannah diocese agreed to pay $4.24 million to another victim.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is   

Contacts - Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175[email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected]),Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected])   

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  • Phil Bronner
    commented 2017-08-30 18:00:01 -0500
    Rarely see stories like this with respect to school teachers…who by FAR have not only a per capita but an actual larger number of pedophiles molesting children left and right! Just sayin’…..Many, many, many more children molested by teachers than by priests. Pedophiles make a habit of gaining employment in fields that put them in close contact with children.

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