Former Erie Catholic Diocese Priest David Poulson Sentenced for Sexually Molesting Two Boys
The former Erie Catholic Diocese priest who pleaded guilty to sexually molesting two boys between 2002 and 2010 was sentenced Friday.
David Poulson was ordered to spend 2 years, 6 months to 14 years in prison.
The sentence came after a brief recess following Friday's court hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville.
Poulson, who is no longer in active ministry, pleaded guilty to one third degree felony count of each corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children in October 2018.
During sentencing Friday, Poulson addressed the court. He said:
"I am sorry for the actions I committed. They were both criminal and sins. I am ashamed for what I did."
Poulson had been free on bond as he awaited sentencing.
He was charged in May 2018 by the statewide Grand Jury that spent two years investigating clergy sex abuse in Erie and five other Catholic Diocese around the state. The panel identified 1,000 victim and more than 300 so-called predator priests.
However, because of the statute of limitations, only Poulson and one other priest were charged.
The two victims of the molestation were expected to be present for his sentencing; however, they did not attend.
Jim Vansickle was there, though. He claims, Poulson molested him in the late 1970s and early 1980s, while he was a high school student in Bradford.
Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General, spearheaded the Grand Jury investigation, attended the sentencing.