Pittsburgh Priest Charged With Assaulting 8-Year-Old Boy

A former priest-administrator at several Roman Catholic parishes in Allegheny County has been charged with twice sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy who was preparing for his first Holy Communion, police said.

The Rev. Robert J. Cedolia, 70, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and related offenses for alleged sexual assaults that occurred in the spring of 1998 in the sacristy of Our Lady of Joy in Plum and two weeks later in a restroom at the back of the sanctuary, according to a criminal complaint filed by Allegheny County police detectives. During the second alleged incident, the boy was in a restroom stall going to the bathroom when Father Cedolia came up behind him and covered the child’s eyes with his hand and assaulted him.

“God sees all,” the priest said during the assault, which caused the child excruciating pain, police said in a criminal complaint.

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