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DATE: September 7, 2018

RE: Father Brian J. Brinker

FROM: Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications

In the course of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), a claim has been made against Father Brian J. Brinker, who has been serving as a chaplain at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center (OLC) in West Islip. This claim relates to incidents that allegedly took place in the years from 1993 to 1997 prior to his employment at OLC. In accordance with diocesan and IRCP protocols, the matter was promptly reported to the Office of the District Attorney. An IRCP investigation of the claim is currently underway. At this time, as a precautionary measure, Father Brinker has agreed to step away from ministry.

In 1996, a complaint distinct from the IRCP claim was made against Fr. Brinker. The allegations were investigated and presented to the Diocesan Review Board in January of 2003. The Office of the District Attorney was aware of the matter at the time. While the Review Board found that Fr. Brinker had exercised questionable judgment in his interactions with the youth in question, they found no evidence of sexual abuse.

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