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Former Catholic school counselor accused of sexual abuse, says diocese

PITTSBURGH — The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said it has received a new allegation of sexual abuse that took place in an area high school.

Brother David Trichtinger is accused of sexually abusing a student at Seton-La Salle High School in Mt. Lebanon, where he worked as a counselor, between 1985 and 1987, the diocese said.

Trichtinger served as an academic assistant principal of Central Catholic High School from 1991 until 1995 when he left the diocese.

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According to the diocese, Trichtinger has not served in any capacity since then.

Bishop David Zubik will send letters to alumni of both schools to inform them of the allegations.

In a statement, Zubik said:

"The Diocese of Pittsburgh continues to respond to those who have been hurt by representatives of the Church, The healing of survivors is paramount to us."

The diocese informed the district attorney of the allegations.

Anyone who has been harmed by someone representing the church is urged to call the Pennsylvania state abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313 or the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator at 1-888-808-1235.