Former Holy Cross pastor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
Former Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor Aaron Brodeski pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct Friday after facing initial charges of public indecency.
Brodeski, who started at Holy Cross in Batavia on Feb. 25, 2013, has been on leave from the church. He was sentenced to two years of court supervision, a $500 fine and 30 hours of community service for a March 2014 incident.
He has been a priest in the Rockford Diocese since 1998.
“Msgr. Brodeski cooperated fully with law enforcement and has been on administrative leave from any and all priestly assignments and participated in evaluation for any difficulties affecting his conduct and ministry,” read a statement from the Diocese of Rockford. “[He] will remain unassigned from all priestly duties at this time and will work with diocesan officials to determine the next course for him.”
On March 27, 2014, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police were sent to the Road Ranger Gas Station at 4980 South Main St., just south of Rockford, for a report of a man who had exposed himself to an employee, according to a release from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police.
The station clerk told deputies that the man — Brodeski — had exposed himself while in the store and also while parked in a car in the store’s parking lot, according to the release. Other employees and customers were in the store at the time.