Father Michael O’Brien
Archdiocese of Denver
- 2002-2011: St. Mary Catholic Church (Aspen, CO)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael O’Brien
In September 2021, the Archdiocese of Denver announced that it placed Fr. Michael O’Brien on administrative leave after he was accused of sexually abusing a male minor between 2004 and 2008.
According to the Aspen Police Department, an initial report included “dozens” of allegations of sexual abuse over four years. The diocese reported the allegation to the Aspen Police Department after it was reported on September 20.
Although it is still in the early stages, the Aspen Police Department says an investigation has begun and that they have an “open and active case.”
Further details about the nature of the abuse are not available. According to a spokesperson for the archdiocese, it will not publish more details about the allegation, citing privacy reasons. Accordingly, a complete record of Fr. O’Brien’s assignment history is not available.
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 and took a six-month sabbatical in Lakewood to “address some health issues,” an announcement in the Aspen Times reads.
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