Black Collar Crime: Catholic Priest David Poulson Facing Child Sexual Abuse Charges

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David Poulson, a Catholic priest with the Diocese of Erie, stands accused of sexually abusing two boys over a period of many years.  Worse yet, the Centre Daily News reports that the officials with the Diocese of Erie knew about Poulson’s predatory behavior since May 2010, but did not report it to law enforcement until September 2016.

According to the Centre Daily News:

the alleged assaults would usually occur on Sundays, after the boy served as an altar boy during mass. Poulson would then allegedly require the boy to make confession in the church, and confess to the assaults — to Poulson, who served as the priest receiving the boy’s confession.

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Diocese officials then interviewed Poulson, who admitted he owned the hunting cabin and took about 20 trips there — half of which were with young boys. He allegedly admitted he was attracted to young boys, and provided the names of the boys he took to the cabin. The diocese, in cooperation with the attorney general and grand jury investigation, then turned over the names of the boys to investigators.

In addition to the two boys from which the charges stem, the grand jury heard from nine others who recalled Poulson befriending them, flirting with them, joking and wrestling with them when they were minors. Poulson allegedly piled them with gifts, cash, dinners and alcohol. Prosecutors believe a sexual assault occurred in at least one of theses cases, but it was barred on the grounds of statute of limitations.

If these allegations are true, Poulson is one sick man. I hope authorities are looking into criminally prosecuting the Diocese employees who knew about Poulson’s abhorrent behavior and did nothing. They are every bit as culpable as he is.

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2 Comments

  1. ObstacleChick

    Those in the diocese who knew about this and covered it up should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    With thousands of stories like this of priests abusing children, HOW CAN ANYONE REMAIN ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

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    1. Rachel

      Indeed.

      Again, I find myself wondering at the sheer irresponsible and jawdropping naivety of the parents of these children. Have they learnt NOTHING? (“Oh, he’s a priest, we can definitely trust him with our children.” What planet are they on?!)

      There have been so many cases like this, in Canada, in the States, in the UK which is where I am, in Germany, in Ireland, in Australia, etc etc etc. The law in the UK (and I suspect it’s broadly the same for anywhere with a Western-style justice system) is that if someone is aware of a crime being committed, and s/he doesn’t report the crime to the police, that person is an accessory, and being an accessory is a crime in its own right. Yet religious groups appear to be given a pass on this: why?

      How can anyone remain in the Church? I have encountered this at close quarters: my own mother. The answer can be summarized in one word: denial. “It’s not as bad as it looks”, “We need to forgive”, “The abuse scandal has been grossly exaggerated by the press”, “The complainants are gold-diggers”/”The complainants are trying to harm the Church with malicious allegations.” I’ve heard all these, repeatedly. I can only conclude that the less gullible people, the less easily manipulated, have indeed left the Catholic Church, leaving behind people who are very easily manipulated. These days, anyone staying within that institution would have to have bottomless reserves of denial in their psychology. . .They are busy convincing themselves, even now, that it is THEY who are the victims!

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