Ex-Pastor Turns Himself in

Associated Press
November 14, 1988

A Roman Catholic priest charged with 138 sex-related crimes against altar boys turned himself in Monday and was released on his own recognizance.

The Rev. Richard Zula, 47, former pastor of Saints Mary and Ann Church in Washington County, was arraigned before Richeyville District Justice William Pelkey. He and his attorney, Gary Selway, refused comment.

Zula was one of three priests charged Thursday with sexual misconduct involving two former altar boys, now 18 and 20.

District Attorney John C. Pettit said Zula was known by the nickname "Sade," a reference to the Marquis de Sade, from whom the word "sadism" is derived.

Also charged were the Rev. Robert Wolk, 48, former pastor of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Bethel Park, who was charged with 14 counts of sexual misconduct; and the Rev. Francis Pucci, 58, former pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown, who was charged with two counts of sexual misconduct.

A Dec. 7 hearing was scheduled for Zula.


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