Suspended Indianapolis priest charged in sexual abuse case


Oct. 25, 2019

By Bob Blake

A suspended Catholic priest in Indianapolis has been charged in a Hamilton County sexual abuse investigation.

According to Hamilton Superior Court records, Fr. David Marcotte, 32, has been charged with three felonies — child solicitation, vicarious sexual gratification, and dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis suspended Marcotte from ministry in February after its victim assistance coordinator learned of the abuse allegations. The Archdiocese alerted authorities and notified the chair of the Archdiocesan Review Board about the allegation.

“The Archdiocese has cooperated with law enforcement throughout its investigation,” the Archdiocese said in a statement. “Fr. Marcotte has been prohibited from all public ministry while the investigation and legal process is ongoing.”

Marcotte was ordained in June 2014 and has served in a number of assignments since then. He has served at SS Francis and Clare Parish, Greenwood, the University of Indianapolis, St. Malachy Parish, Brownsburg, St. Martin of Tours Parish in Martinsville, Roncalli High School in Indianapolis. He has also had second stints at UIndy and SS Francis and Clare Parish.

“Let us hold all victims of sexual abuse and misconduct and their families in prayer,” the Archdiocese said in its statement.

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