October 27, 2005

Priest, accused in report, quits Drexel U. post

Philadelphia Daily News


A priest accused of molesting a Delaware County teenager has resigned his administrative post at Drexel University.

The Daily News first reported three weeks ago that James M. Iannarella was working as assistant vice president in Drexel's Office of Government and Community Relations, despite being one of 63 priests named in last month's graphic grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse.

Iannarella allegedly molested a 17-year-old female parishioner in 1999 at St. Joseph Church in Aston, Delaware County, where he was parochial vicar, according to the report.

Iannarella, who has worked for Drexel since 2001, quit this week, a Drexel spokesman said. Although still a priest, the Vatican is considering a laicization petition to defrock him. He has not returned telephone calls to the Daily News.

Posted by kshaw at October 27, 2005 08:55 AM