According to the Archdiocese, the investigation into O’Brien lasted 18 months and included interviews with more than 80 witnesses and 26 law enforcement agencies. APD determined the allegations against O’Brien were baseless.
However, O’Brien is still facing a lawsuit in civil court based on the same allegations, according to the Archdiocese. But the Archdiocese has been advised that the lawsuit is “frivolous, and the claims are spurious.”
The Archdiocese made the final decision to restore O’Brien back into ministry. He will return to St. Anthony of Padua in Julesburg and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Crook as a pastor on July 1.
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