Erie diocese to pay $2M to victim of sex abuse by priest who made him confess
FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2019 file photo, David Poulson, center, a Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys, is taken away from court after sentencing in Brookville, Pa. It was announced Tuesday March 26 that the Diocese of Erie has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by Poulson, who made him say confession after the assaults. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
(Erie) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who made him say confession after the assaults.
The settlement with the Diocese of Erie was announced Tuesday by the victim’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.
The defrocked priest, David Poulson, was sentenced this year to 2 1/2 to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of one boy and attempted sexual assault of another.
Poulson is one of a handful of priests criminally charged as a result of a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that detailed decades of abuse by 300 priests.
He was accused of abusing an altar boy more than 20 times in various rectories.
The diocese says it plans to comment later in the day.