ERIE, Pa. – The Latest on the arrest of a Pennsylvania priest on sexual abuse allegations (all times local):
Officials at the Roman Catholic diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, say the diocese only learned this year about allegations that led to the arrest of a priest charged with sexually abusing at least two boys.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of 64-year-old Rev. David Poulson on Tuesday. He says the diocese under previous leadership knew about the allegations that Poulson had "sexual predator tendencies" as far back as 2010.
Bishop Lawrence Persico says the diocese became aware of the allegations leading to the charges in January. He says he immediately turned the matter over to law enforcement and has cooperated with the attorney general's office.
Persico, who became Bishop in 2012, says the 2010 memo mentioned by Shapiro detailed accusations from a third-party that they had witnessed Poulson grooming a young male, who had refused to talk to investigators and who was not one of the victims who led to the current charges against Poulson.
A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with abusing at least two boys during his four decades as a priest in the Erie, Pennsylvania, diocese, and making one of them say confession after the alleged assaults.
The state attorney general said Tuesday that the 64-year-old Rev. David Poulson, of Oil City, abused one of the victims more than 20 times inside church rectories. The charges against him include indecent assault and child endangerment.
Prosecutors say the Erie Diocese had received complaints about what they say were Poulson's "sexual predator tendencies" as far back as 2010. But he remained an active priest until about two months ago.
The diocese says it is preparing a statement. Court documents did not list an attorney for Poulson.