Fr. David A. Soderlund

Ordained: 1965
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Accused 1980 of abuse of three boys, ages 12-13. Photos found of Soderlund in sex acts with boys. Admitted to ‘sexual activity’ with them. Sent to St. John Vianney for treatment. Assigned as a parish pastor in 1981, restricted to no contact with minors, sent to another parish the next year. Abused another boy. In 1986 made Director of Pastoral Care at Good Samaritan Med Center in Pottsdale. Removed 1989 for violating restrictions by having an 8-year-old altar boy and calling him on the phone. Soderlund appealed to the Vatican which agreed his rights were violated. Bishop Welsh offered him housing and income, but no job. Lawsuit against diocese in 2004. Laicized 2005. Arrested 2009 in WY on child porn charges; convicted. Sentenced 2-5 years’ prison. Registered sex offender in WY. In 8/14/18 PA GJ Report. Settlement 4/20 with man alleging abuse at age 12 in 1971. Accused in 5/20 lawsuit of abuse of boys in early 1970s.


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