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Rev. W. Jeffery Paulish

Wrong Rev. W. Jeffery Paulish?


Phone: (570) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Pennsylvania , United States
Diocese of Scranton
300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton , Pennsylvania 18503
United States

Company Description: "We, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Scranton, are committed to educate students and their families in the Catholic faith. We provide a Catholic education...   more

Employment History

  • Assistant Pastor
  • Priest
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Web References
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Diocese of Scranton priest, Father William Jeffery Paulish, charged with having sex with boy. Read More
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William Jeffery Paulish's lawyer asks public to wait to hear clergyman's defense September 24. 2013 11:07PM
"And I'm going to ask the jury, if we get to that point, to extend to Father Paulish the presumption of innocence."
Ordained in 1988, Paulish has served at more than a dozen Northeastern Pennsylvania parishes, including assignments in Exeter, Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre and Bear Creek, according to diocesan records.
Security officers at Penn State Worthington Scranton said they discovered Paulish parked in a red Toyota on Thursday night with a 15-year-old boy who wasn't wearing any pants, according to an affidavit.
Paulish allegedly told police under questioning at the Dunmore police station that he arranged the meeting via the online site Craigslist. Paulish also allegedly told police he asked the teen three times whether he was 18 before their conversation turned sexual.
Lackawanna County detectives charged Paulish with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16, indecent assault of a person under 16, unlawful contact with a minor (sexual offenses), corruption of minors and indecent exposure.
Paulish, who was serving as an assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge, was removed from that assignment and his ability to act as a priest was suspended by the Diocese of Scranton when officials were notified of the charges against him.
In a letter read to parishioners in Paulish's former parishes on Sunday, Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera urged "anyone who may have been involved in or may be aware of any abusive situation involving Father Paulish to immediately contact the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office."
Diocesan officials also have declined to speak further on the allegations against Paulish, to explain why Paulish may have moved around so frequently and what prompted three leaves of absence - two citing only medical reasons, and one for which no reason was listed.
As such, in the case of Father W. Jeffrey Paulish, in addition to issuing a statement about the matter, the diocese also shared the cleric's assignment history and affirmed its commitment to cooperate fully with law enforcement's criminal investigation into this very serious and disturbing matter," diocesan spokesman Bill Genello said Tuesday in an email to The Times Leader.
ASKFMB Pennsylvania priest caught with pantless 15-year-old on college campus, 21 Sept 2013 [cached]
Paulish, 56, of Scranton, was also charged with three misdemeanor counts -- indecent contact with a person under 16, indecent exposure and corruption of a minor. He is 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 began counseling him.
According to the affidavit, he 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 affidavit said.
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.
The diocese pledged its cooperation with the investigation, and it called on anyone who "may have been sexually abused by Father Paulish or any member of the clergy" to notify the district attorney's office.
Astonishingly, the cover-up has yet to be honestly addressed, because of lack of character at the top levels of the Catholic Church, and on this day, the shame of yet existing pedophile priest still allowed to call themselves a priest, do so even after thousands of lives have been acknowledge as being destroyed by acts and actions of the same mind set of this priest Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish, who have changed another 15 year old boy's life forever.
According to an AP article, Rev. ..., 16 Oct 2013 [cached]
According to an AP article, Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to post $50,000 bail Friday. The charges include corruption of a minor, indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16. Court records did not list a lawyer for Paulish.
Paulish and the boy were caught by Dunmore police after Penn State Worthington Scranton security guards reported the priest's car as suspicious when they saw it on the evening of Sept. 19 parked near the tennis courts.
The boy did not have pants on when police arrived and both later admitted to performing sex acts, police said. Paulish told investigators that he arranged the meeting through an ad he posted on Craigslist, police said.
The priest told police he asked the teen three times if he was 18 years old. When looking at male pornography, he said he prefers men between 18 and 35 years old, but also admitted he has viewed "twink" pornography.
The teenager was interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Pennsylvania and said he performed oral sex on the Rev. Paulish.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported that Paulish, 56, has been reassigned 15 times by the Diocese of Scranton after being ordained in 1988 and has had three separate leaves of absence.
In a press release, the diocese said it removed Paulish from his assignment as assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge and suspended his ability to work as a priest.
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Last month, suspended priest Rev. William Paulish of the Scranton Diocese was sentenced to eight to 23 months in prison.
He admitted to meeting a 15-year-old boy for a sexual encounter.
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