D.C. Councilman, David Grosso, issued a statement that a Catholic Priest in Northern Virginia, Scott Asalone, now age 63, sexually abused him as a teenager.
After Scott Asalone’s arrest was announced, D.C Councilman David Grosso, issued the powerful statement; “The minor he assaulted was me.” He had more to say: “This occurred during a very difficult time of my life. Since then, I have been working through the negative impact of this abuse on my life. With the loving support of my wife Serra and my family, I am proud of the progress I have made.”
Asalone, was arrested in in New Jersey on Saturday and soon will be transferred to Virginia and has been charged with sexually abusing Grosso in a case that dates back nearly 35 years.
In 1985 Asalone was assigned to St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville. This coincides with the time frame of the alleged abuse, when Grosso was just 13. Last year the Arlington Diocese released a list of more than a dozen priests credibly accused of sex abuse and Asalone was on the list.
The Arlington Diocese said that Asalone was removed from public ministry since 1993 and was dismissed from his religious ordain in 2007. It is unclear when the Diocese found out about the abuse and how much time lapsed in between discovery and removal.