Cocoa Beach priest removed after sexual abuse allegation

Cocoa Beach priest removed after sexual abuse allegation

Catholic leaders have removed the pastor of a Cocoa Beach church after allegations of sexual abuse were made against him stemming from his time at a previous assignment. 

 The Rev. David C. Gillis of the Church of Our Savior was removed Wednesday by Bishop John Noonan of the Diocese of Orlando pending the outcome of an investigation in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the diocese said in a statement. Earlier this year, Gillis was appointed to the Cocoa Beach church.

The allegations against Gillis from his time serving in Pennsylvania. That's where a state investigation released this month identified more than 300 priests who preyed on more than 1,000 children in six Roman Catholic dioceses. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the church "weaponized" the Catholic faith to permit priests to prey upon children for decades with few consequences. 

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