Father Michael O’Brien
Archdiocese of Denver
- 2002-2011: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Aspen, CO)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael O’Brien
According to a lawsuit filed in December 2021, over the span of four years, Fr. O’Brien abused the minor approximately 300 times. And when the minor did not comply with Fr. O’Brien’s sexual demands, the suit alleges that the priest beat him, “hitting [the minor] in the torso, chest, and/or back.”
Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the abuse began when the minor and his family joined St. Mary’s and that much of the abuse occurred at the church. “O’Brien continued to groom the [minor] by normalizing sexual abuse” and telling the minor “these sexual acts were a way of showing God’s love.”
What’s Known About Fr. Michael O’Brien’s Career
According to sources, Fr. Michael O’Brien was pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen for eight years. In 2011, Fr. O’Brien left St. Mary’s and took a six-month sabbatical in Lakewood to “address some health issues,” an announcement in the Aspen Times reads.
Sources also say that shortly after O’Brien’s sabbatical, he was appointed pastor of a church in Julesburg––where he remained pastor until his removal in September. Ordained in 2000, Fr. O’Brien served roughly 20 years in ministry.
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