Advocate, lawyer continue focus on ex-Erie priest case


April 1, 2019

By Ed Palattella

A $2 million settlement involving David L. Poulson leads to more statements about Erie diocese’s actions.

A lawyer and an advocate for victims are trying to use an abuse victim’s $2 million settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Erie to revisit how the diocese handled the case.

Much of what they are raising, however, has already been the subject of extensive reports, including information connected to the grand jury report on the clergy sex abuse crisis that Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued in August.

The $2 million settlement, which nationally known Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian announced on Tuesday, concerns a victim of David L. Poulson, 65. He is the former priest in the Erie diocese who was sentenced in January to 2 ½ to 14 years in state prison for molesting two boys while he was a pastor between 2002 and 2010. He pleaded guilty in October.

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