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Vatican introduces Pennsylvania Priest accused of sexually abusing children



David L. Poulson, who served in a church in Erie, northwest Pennsylvania, was one of 300 state priests accused of sexual offenses since 1947. The grand jury accused only two of these priests, as the remaining cases had exceeded the limitation period.
  Priests accused of sexual abuse of children complain that they have indicted the offense
In October, Poulson committed two crimes, including bribery Minors and endangering the well-being of children. As part of the plea he pledged to seek laicification, said the diocese of Erie.
  Rev. David L. Poulson leaves the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville after being sentenced on January 11, 2019.

The desecration is a process that removes a priest from the priesthood. Pope Francis endorsed Poulson's "liberation from all obligations associated with the sacred orders (priesthood)," says the diocese.

The authorities accused Poulson of having repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy in two churches, claiming he was trying to attack another boy with a hunting lodge he owned with a friend.

Poulson, who served four decades of the Catholic Church, was sentenced to 2.5-14 years in Pennsylvania.

"Mr. Poulson has now been removed from the clerical state priest in the Catholic Church and should no longer present himself as a priest and be included as a priest in the celebration of the sacraments," said Bishop Lawrence T. Persico in a statement.