Brookville, PA – A local former priest will serve up to 14 years for sexually abusing two young boys over many years in Clarion County.
64-year-old David Poulson of Oil City was sentenced to 2.5 to 14 years in state prison on Friday.
The victims were, at the time, an 8-year-old and 15-year-old boy.
Poulson had served as a priest in Clarion County between the late ‘90s and 2013.
Poulson is accused of assaulting one boy more than 20 times at the Catholic churches in Fryburg and Cambridge Springs, generally on Sundays after the victim had served as an altar boy.
Poulson is also accused of assaulting this victim and attempting to assault a second boy at a remote hunting cabin in Jefferson County, where he took the boys to watch scary movies.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke on Friday at the press conference after the sentencing.
The Diocese of Erie allegedly knew of Poulson’s sexual predator tendencies since at least May of 2010 but did nothing to report him to authorities until September of 2016, after a subpoena from the grand jury.
42 offenders within our area’s diocese were among the 301 Catholic priests identified as predator priests who abused boys and girls while serving in active ministry in the church.