October 19, 2021

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Howell ex-pastor Henry Brendan Williams acquitted of sexual abuse

FREEHOLD – Under the cloud of sexual abuse allegations for pretty much three a long time, the former longtime pastor of St. Veronica R.C. Church in Howell walked out of the Monmouth County Courthouse Friday after a decide acquitted him of the prices, and claimed he will continue on to pray for his accuser.

Immediately after Top-quality Court Choose Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor located the 80-year-aged priest not responsible of a few counts of sexual assault on a baby a lot more than two many years back, the Rev. Henry Brendan Williams reported he was “certainly pretty relieved’’ by the verdict. 

“I continue to pray for the accuser,’’ Williams included, talking exterior the courtroom.

“I really feel really compassionate toward her, the problems she’s experienced heading on for numerous a long time,”  the priest reported. “I do maintain her in prayer, and her spouse and children as well. I just pray for the complete household.’’

The Rev. Henry 'Brendan' Williams, former pastor of St. Veronica R.C. Church in Howell., looks over to his attorney Robert Konzelmann after Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor found him not guilty of sexual assault on a minor Friday, July 23, 2021, in State Superior Court in Freehold.

“I haven’t had far too lots of purchasers in my job pray for the individuals who are building accusations towards them,” claimed Williams’ legal professional, Robert Konzelmann, a veteran protection legal professional who reported he is retiring upon the summary of this situation.

The accuser and her parents still left the courtroom just before the choose completed rendering her verdict. 

Thomas Fichter, assistant Monmouth County prosecutor, declined to comment afterward.