Pope Francis imposes penalties on Rockford priest for 2014 incident

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Pope Francis penalizes a Rockford priest who's served the Diocese since 1998.

Aaron Brodeski (Archived Photo)

The decree deprives Father Aaron Brodeski of the title "Monsignor" and ordered a year of prayer and penance.

The Diocese of Rockford says Father Brodeski has been out of the public ministry since Apr. 2014 for "allegedly exposing himself in a convenience store and its parking lot."

The incident was investigated after testimony from witnesses and experts, and the Congregation determined Father Brodeski responsible for the accusations.

His actions were judged as "grave" and "scandalous."

The Diocese of Rockford says in a news release​ it "expresses its profound regret to the faithful and to all who have been offended by this incident."

Brodeski re-posted on his website an apology and resolution that he first posted January 15, 2015. Below is a link to his side of the story.

https://sites.google.com/a/brodeski.com/reflections-of-monsignor-aaron-brodeski/apology?fbclid=IwAR3OT-VDO5UPmM7LY39b1cExO28RkwVj3vF-r19rbFOQ0c_1Kv2J1Im7q6E