Former Virginia Priest Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Minor

A former priest at a Catholic church in northern Virginia, who was arrested in New Jersey in 2020, has been convicted of sexually assaulting a minor after entering an Alford plea.

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced on Monday, Dec. 12 that 65-year-old Scott Asalone was convicted in Loudoun County Circuit Court of felony carnal knowledge of a minor between 13 and 15 years old.

The abuse took place in the summer of 1985, when Asalone was 29 and working as a priest at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in the Purcellville area.

According to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Asalone was removed from public duties in 1993 and was removed from his religious order, the Capuchin Friars, in 2007.

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