Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn
Notes: Placed on leave 7/02. One of 12 priests named as abusers in civil suit filed in Brooklyn 10/02. In the suit, two brothers (one of them a priest) accuse Byrns of abusing them for years as children in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Charged 8/04 with abuse of 3rd youth beginning in 2000. Pleaded guilty 1/06 and sentenced to 3 yrs probation 3/06.
Sources: Boston Globe 7.2.04; Newsday 2.4.04; Boston Globe 03.14.02; NY Times 03.15.02; NY Times 10.16.02; NY Post 08.19.04; NY Post 08.20.04; Queens Chronicle 08.26.04; NY Daily News 01.13.06; New York Post 03.29.06; http://bishop-accountability.org/