Bruno Tucci, former Catholic priest, charged in child sex abuse case

Tucci served in Berks, Carbon and Schuylkill counties over 3 decades

OCEAN CITY, Md. - The investigation of a reported child sexual assault in Maryland has led to the arrest of a former priest in the Allentown Diocese.

Bruno Michael Tucci took a child in Aug. 1981 to a motel room in Ocean City, where the sexual acts occurred, said police, who declined to release specifics of the case.

Tucci, now 70, of Salisbury, Md., served as a priest in the Allentown Diocese, specifically at Roman Catholic schools and churches in Berks, Carbon and Schuylkill counties, between 1971 and 2002, said officials, adding that he was defrocked by the diocese in 2007.

Tucci's arrest, police said, didn't come about until now because they only learned of the alleged assault after the Jerry Sandusky case in Pennsylvania was made public.

Tucci was arraigned on charges of 4th degree sex offense and child abuse: custodian.

Police ask anyone who has any additional information about Tucci or his alleged conduct to contact Det. Brett Case with the Ocean City Police Dept. at 410-723-6632.

There is no statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in Maryland, police said.

Tucci, as a priest in the Allentown Diocese, worked at more than a dozen schools and churches in Berks, Carbon and Schuylkill counties, said officials, who provided the following list of his assignments over more than three decades with the diocese:

  • Assistant, St. Margaret Church, Reading, 1971-72
  • Professor, Cardinal Brennan High School, Ashland, 1972
  • Resident, Annunciation Church, Shenandoah, 1972
  • Professor, Marian High School, Tamaqua, 1972-1977
  • Resident, St. Canicus Church, Mahanoy City, 1972-1974
  • Resident, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Lehighton, 1974-1977
  • Resident, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Nesquehoning, 1975-1977
  • Professor, Holy Name High School, Reading, 1977-1979
  • Resident, St. Columbkill Church, Boyertown, 1977
  • Resident, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Bally, 1977-1978
  • Resident, St. Peter Church, Reading, 1978-1981
  • Professor, Reading Central Catholic High School, 1979-1981
  • Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Kelayres 1981-1986
  • Administrator and then Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Nesquehoning, 1986-2002
  • Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Nesquehoning, 1987-2002

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