Advocate for Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Criticizes Erie Bishop Persico

Erie News Now

April 1, 2019

By Paul Wagner

Advocate for Victims Criticizes Bishop Persico

An advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse is speaking out against Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico.

Bob Hoatson of the Road to Recovery, says he is not happy with a statement released by Persico last week.

The statement coming after the diocese paid a $2 million settlement to a victim of defrocked priest David Poulson.

Persico repeating earlier statements, saying he was not aware of concerns about Poulson’s behavior until January 2018.

Former Bishop Donald Trautman wrote a memo dealing with concerns about Poulson in 2010. But he has said the information was sketchy, and said there was no cover up.

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