A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been charged with molesting a teenage boy after police found him in a car on a college campus with a 15-year-old who was wearing no pants.
The Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish was charged with one felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one felony count of unlawful contact with a minor after Dunmore police say they found him and the boy on Thursday in a car on the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University, according to the complaint.
Paulish who is 56 was also charged with three misdemeanor counts including indecent contact with a person under 16, indecent exposure and corruption of a minor. He is now being held at the Lackawanna County jail on $50,000 bail.
Dunmore police officers say they discovered Paulish and the boy after responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed with the court.
Allegedly Paulish told police he was at the campus working on his homily when he met the teen, who he said was in emotional distress, and he then began counseling him.
According to the affidavit, Paulish later admitted to police that he had arranged the meeting with the teen through the “casual encounters” section of Craigslist!
Paulish told investigators that he had asked the boy three times if he was over the age of 18.
The site reports:
A telephone message left by CNN for Paulish’s attorney, Bernard J. Brown, was not immediately returned Friday. Paulish has been removed from his post at the Prince of Peace parish and has been suspended from acting in the capacity of a priest, according to a statement released by the Diocese of Scranton.
Source: Global Grind