Deceased Catholic priest accused of abuse

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 10, 2015

 Rev. David West

Rev. David West

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The Rev. David West, a Catholic priest who served in a number of parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit, including St. Anastasia in Troy, before he passed away in 2004, has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

According to the Archdiocese of Detroit, an allegation of abuse was made against West to the Archdiocesan Board of Review, which found the allegation to be credible.

Joseph Kohn, director of public relations for the archdiocese, said the board found an allegation made regarding a male in the 1970s to be credible. He would not say where the alleged abuse occurred.

He explained that the archdiocese has no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons or other personnel.

West’s parish assignments were as associate pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish and Elementary School in Farmington, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Harper Woods, St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rochester, St. Dennis Royal Oak, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit.

He served as pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Agatha Catholic Church in Redford, St. James Parish in Ferndale and St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Warren. He was administrator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Community in Temperance, St. Aidan Catholic Church in Livonia, St. Basil the Great Parish in Eastpointe, St. Joseph Parish in Maybee, St. Mel Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights, St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia and St. Victor Catholic Church in Rockwood. He served on the faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, as a minister at Wayne State University and as chaplain at Bishop Gallagher High School.

Kohn said that if someone felt more comfortable speaking directly with law enforcement, they could do so, or they can speak to the victim assistance coordinator at the archdiocese by calling (866) 343-8055 or sending an email to vac@aod.org.

“Every report goes to the authorities,” Kohn said.

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