Fr. David Scharf – Diocese of Pittsburgh

| Dec 17, 2018 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father David Scharf

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1985

Removed: 2016

Laicized: 2023

Assigned as follows:

  • 6/03/1985 -6/14/1987: St. Michael Archangel (Butler, PA)
  • 6/15/1987 -2/10/1992: Our Lady of Grace (Scott Township, PA)
  • 2/11/1992 -1/27/1997: Our Lady of Fatima (Hopewell Township, PA)
  • 1/27/1997 -8/31/1998: St. Robert Bellarmine (East McKeesport, PA)
  • 8/31/1998 -1/20/1999: Sabbatical
  • 1/20/1999 -12/13/1999: St. Hugh (Carmichaels, PA)
  • 12/13/1999- 11/21/2003: St. Philomena (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • 11/21/2003- 8/17/2009: Leave of Absence
  • 8/17/2009 -2016: Sisters of St. Joseph (Baden, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David Scharf:

Father David Scharf was ordained a priest in 1985, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, in December 2002 a sexual allegation (foot fetish) complaint against Father David Scharf was made to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Several males (both adults and minors) complained of Scharf massaging their feet.

In August 2003, Scharf requested a leave of absence to attend St. Luke Institute for evaluation in order to end accusations. The request was granted. In July 2004, St. Luke’s staff wrote in Scharf’s discharge from the residential treatment program the following: “Father Scharf recognizes his practice of foot reflexology should be discontinued immediately.”

In February 2005 St. Luke’s staff noted Scharf’s discharge from the halfway house that Scharf did not successfully complete the program and was at a high risk for re-offending.

In October 2007, Scharf wrote a letter requesting re-entry into ministry. He stated that he was at peace with himself and had taken responsibility for his past actions. He wrote another letter requesting re-entry into ministry in June 2008. Both requests were denied.

During several St. Luke Institute Continuing Care Workshops from 2005 to 2010, Scharf admitted to massaging the feet of minors and later masturbating to the image of the minors’ feet.

Scharf was removed from the ministry in 2016. His current whereabouts are unknown.

On February 21, 2023, the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced that Pope Francis executed a decree releasing David Scharf from the clerical state and dispensing him from all priest obligations.

He was first named publicly as accused in a priest profile in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

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