BREAKING: Former priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse

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Former Erie priest, David Poulson, pled guilty this morning in Brookville to sexual abuse against two boys between 2002 and 2010.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke at a news conference on the charges.

The Diocese of Erie released more than 50 names of priests and laypersons credibly accused of sexual abuse.

On May 8, Poulson was arraigned in Jefferson County on felony counts of indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and the corruption of minors.  

When Shapiro announced the charges, he said it was unconscionable that the Diocese of Erie knew of Poulson’s alleged actions and allowed him to stay in ministry.

At the time of his resignation, he was pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Cambridge Springs.

The Diocese has fought back against the claim, with both Bishop Lawrence Persico and Bishop Donald Trautman issuing statements. Since then, the Diocese has received the statewide Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse.

When the Diocese of Erie first released their list of names, Bishop Persico said, “abuse is traumatic enough, but it’s Earth-shattering when it’s perpetrated by someone who is in a position of trust.”

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