Click here to read: “Monica Yant Kinney: Accuser holds up well at clergy sex abuse trial,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 5, 2012
“I’d forgotten that Mark was a Marine. In spite of everything he’s endured, he strode confidently into the courtroom, with a shaved head and chiseled face, wearing crisp gray pants, navy vest, and tie. That Mark was battle ready was all the more amazing given that just a week earlier he’d been confined to another mental-health facility.
Jurors learned that Brennan was practically a member of Mark’s family, a regular at cookouts and graduation parties. He sang the nights away with Mark’s mother. He played beer pong. He took Mark golfing and to Gettysburg.
“When the collar came down, he was just Jim,” Mark recalled wistfully. “He was one of the guys.”
Mark was 14 the night of a 1996 sleepover that changed both of their lives forever.
“He was wearing plaid boxers,” Mark recalled, one of many times he broke down and cried. That image “will never leave my brain.”