Fr. David Poulson

Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in Cambridge Springs. Bradford Central Christian High teacher. Removed from ministry 2/18 after allegations he sexually abused minors. Arrested 5/8/18, charged with the abuse of two boys, one ages 8-18. Abuse allegedly 2002-10 in rectories and a remote cabin. One said Paulson made him confess to to him after the abuse. Per grand jury report 5/8/18, in 2010 Poulson admitted to Bishop Trautman he was sexually aroused by a boy, had sent texts re sex to boys and spent time alone with them. Trautman “admonished” Poulson, told him to “cease and desist”, and kept him in ministry. Trautman denied cover-up in 5/14/18 statement. Another man said Poulson, his HS English teacher, abused him 1979-82. Pled guilty 10/17/18. Sentenced 1/11/19 to 2-14 years in prison. Laicized 3/19. Settlement for $2M in 3/19 with man alleging abuse as child 2002-10.


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