A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania will reportedly pay a $2 million settlement to a man who was sexually abused by a priest when he was a child.

“Payment by the Diocese shall be made by delivery of a check or checks in the amount of $2,000,000,” said a copy of the settlement obtained by The Hill. The settlement is effective as of Feb. 20, 2019. 

The victim's lawyer announced the settlement reached with the Diocese of Erie on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

David Poulson, the former priest, pleaded guilty in October to sexually assaulting one boy and attempting to sexually assault another. He was sentenced this year to 2 1/2 to 14 years in prison.


Poulson was one of a handful of priests charged after a grand jury report named more than 300 "predator priests" in the state. The defrocked priest said he had the boy he assaulted say confession after the assaults.

"The diocese continues to demonstrate both humility and sorrow for what occurred and has been very public about the many protocols that have been put in place over the years to keep children safe," the diocese said in a statement.