Chadds Ford cleric arrested for drugs, theft

Msgr. Gregory Parlante, formerly of St. Cornelius Church in Chadds Ford, was arrested on charges of drug possession and theft, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

In May of 2017, police began investigating a suspicious package sent to the church's administration office on Ridge Road. Church personnel who found the package with some of Parlante's personal items thought it contained drugs. Parlante, 61, was on leave from the church for medical reasons at the time.

According to the press release issued Friday, Jan. 26, the package tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamines. Police also learned during the investigation that from January 2017 to March 2017, Parlante removed approximately $5,500 in cash from the Saint Cornelius Sunday Collection.

According to barrack's Community Affairs Officer Tpr. Tim Greene, no other persons were involved.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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