Priest Trial on Sex Abuse Charges Scheduled for 2019

By Lisa Adams
September 29, 2018

David Poulson

Trial for retired priest David Poulson on charges of child sex abuse not scheduled until February of 2018.

The anticipated fall trial date for a former Erie Catholic Diocese Priest on charges he sexually abused two young boys for several years is pushed back to next year.

After a pre-trial conference, a judge in Jefferson County set jury selection in the trial of David Poulson, 64 of Oil City, for February 11 of 2019.

In announcing the charges last May, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the the Diocese of Erie knew about Poulson's predator tendencies since 2010 but did not tell police.

Poulson faces trial for felony counts of indecent assault, plus counts of endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. One victim was just 8-years-old when the alleged abuse began.

The crimes happened while Poulson was in active ministry in the Diocese of Erie.  He resigned in February 2018.



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