The Catholic Church "scandal" just won't go away. Now, it's hit close to home. Today, police arrested 58-year-old Wayland Brown in Savannah. He is charged with abusing a 12-year-old boy almost 30 years ago in Maryland. That's just one of the many times the alleged victim says he was abused.
A crime report cites a number of encounters in Maryland, but the investigation led authorities to Savannah. The victim says he was abused on summer trips to Georgia, one of which was to the Coastal Empire.
He also has ties to a local church. Saint James is located on Montgomery Crossroads. From 1987 to 1988, Brown served as an associate pastor there. Since then he has not been in active ministry. According to the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Brown was not removed because of any criminal misconduct; it was because of personality issues. And according to the report from Maryland, Brown is not accused of any sex crimes in this area.
Brown is no longer in his Savannah home on Old Montgomery Road. He is in the Chatham County Detention Center awaiting an extradition hearing.
We're told this is the first report the Catholic Diocese of Savannah has had on child molestation in at least the last 20 years. Thursday on the news, we'll have their reaction.