ROCKFORD - A priest is under arrest for public indecency.
Aaron Brodeski, 44, turned himself in Friday to Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputies. The alleged incident happened in March at the Road Ranger Gas Station at 4980 S. Main Street. Police say Brodeski exposed himself to an employee.
Other employees and customers saw it happen. Brodeski was able to leave the gas station before police arrived.
Monsignor Brodeski is from Rockford. He's assigned to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, but is now on leave. Police say the Rockford Diocese and Bishop's office cooperated throughout the course of the investigation.
Brodeski is charged with two misdemeanor counts of public indecency.
Upon learning of the arrest the Diocese of Rockford issued the following statement: "The authorities in Winnebago County alerted the diocese last month that they were investigating an alleged incident involving Msgr. Aaron Brodeski. In full cooperation with authorities, Msgr. Brodeski agreed to be immediately placed on personal leave from his priestly assignment at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia, and was sent for evaluation and possible treatment for any difficulties affecting his conduct and ministry. Following Msgr. Brodeski’s return from evaluation, the diocese learned that the investigation resulted in his arrest.
All people are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty by the court. Msgr. Brodeski has secured legal counsel for himself. We ask for all people of the diocese to pray for Msgr. Brodeski and the legal process that will resolve this case."