July 07, 2005

Report: Accused priest had GCC job


Thursday, July 07, 2005
By the Times staff
DEPTFORD TWP. -- A Catholic priest who taught ethics at Gloucester County College has stepped down in the wake of a child sexual abuse lawsuit, according to a published report.

The Bucks County Courier Times reported in its Tuesday editions that The Rev. David Sicoli quit hours after the paper informed the school of the suit. GCC supervisor Carol Kebles told the paper "We had no idea" the lawsuit had been filed.

The Courier Times reported the suit was filed last year by three Bucks County men, who claimed Sicoli had supplied them with alcohol and molested them during sleepovers at his Sea Isle City beach house and a Wildwood location between 1979 and 1983. The suit also claimed the Philadelphia Archdiocese, for which Sicoli was a pastor, covered up the abuse.

Nick Burzichelli, vice president of human resources at GCC, told the paper Sicoli informed a college official he would not return in the fall after the official contacted him about the suit.

Posted by kshaw at July 7, 2005 02:09 PM