Local Priest Defrocked Following Sex Assault Investigation

NBC 10
February 14, 2008

A local priest has been defrocked following an investigation into a series of alleged sexual assaults.

David Sicoli, served in a number of local churches for nearly 30 years, asked to be removed from cleric state after an Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigation confirmed the claims that he sexually assaulted a number of minors during his time served as priest.

Sicoli is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere, according to an Archdiocese news release.

In 2004, allegations of sexual abuse involving minors by Sicoli were reported to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and his ministry was restricted.

An Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigation into the allegations confirmed the abuse, and Sicoli asked to be removed from the clerical state, a church representative said.

Sicoli was a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1975 to July 2004, during which time he served in the following parishes: St. Joseph in Ambler; St. Martin of Tours in Philadelphia; Immaculate Conception in Levittown; St. Athanasius in Philadelphia; St. Louis in Yeadon; St. Raymond of Penafort in Philadelphia; Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Philadelphia (closed 1993); Our Lady of Hope in Philadelphia; St. Anthony of Padua in Philadelphia (closed 1999); and Holy Spirit in Philadelphia.

He also served as Associate Director of Regional CYO and Assistant Director of the Conference of Christian Doctrine.

Anyone who is a victim of sexual abuse by a cleric, staff or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and needs assistance may call 1-888-800-8780.


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