Former Swissvale Pastor Waives Hearing Wednesday Morning

| September 14, 2011

Fr. Francis Drabiska appeared before District Judge Ross C. Cioppa this afternoon to sign a subpoena and waiver of his right to a preliminary hearing as he is charged with stealing more than $143K from Word of God parish in Swissvale.

Drabiska is the former pastor of the parish. His attorney, Patrick Livingston, accompanied him to the courtroom Wednesday morning.

Livingston said the next hearing on the charges should take place sometime around the end of October. He made no further comments. Drabiska also declined to comment.

Earlier this month, Drabiska turned himself in to the police and was arraigned before Cioppa. He was subsequently charged with theft by unlawful taking and released on a non-monetary bond.

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