PITTSBURGH, PA

Brother accused of sexual abuse

Friday, December 28, 2018 - Updated: 4:40 pm

The Diocese of Pittsburgh recently received an allegation that Christian Brother David Trichtinger sexually abused a student at Seton LaSalle High School when he worked there as a counselor in the 1980s.

Letters were to be sent from Bishop David Zubik to the alumni of Seton LaSalle High School, where Brother Trichtinger worked from 1985-87, to inform them of the allegation. Similar letters were also being sent to alumni from Central Catholic High school, where he served as academic assistant principal from 1991-95. Brother Trichtinger has not served in the diocese since 1995.

The diocese has informed the district attorney of Allegheny County of the allegation, as well as the superior of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in the District of Eastern North America, under whose authority, jurisdiction and oversight Brother Trichtinger serves. Any questions about Brother Trichtinger’s current status should be directed to the Christian Brothers in the District of Eastern North America.

“The Diocese of Pittsburgh continues to respond to those who have been hurt by representatives of the church,” Bishop Zubik said. “The healing of survivors is paramount to us.”

The bishop urges anyone who has been harmed by someone representing the church to contact the diocesan assistance coordinator at 1-888-808-1235 or the Pennsylvania abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313.


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