Pa. priest removed in 2009 faces new porn charge

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania Catholic priest who was removed from public ministry in 2009 after an allegation of past child sex abuse deemed “credible” by his bishop has now been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of possessing child pornography.

The indictment announced Monday by federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh doesn’t specify how much pornography the Rev. David Dzermejko (jer-MAY’-koh) allegedly had on his computers in January. The 64-year-old priest now lives in Braddock, but was pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church parish in Charleroi when he was removed four years ago.

He was never criminally charged in the alleged abuse, which dated to the 1980s.

Defense attorney John Knorr says the priest has pleaded not guilty “and we’re expecting that he’ll persist in that.”

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