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Community Press, May 2004 (Tioga County, NY)
Three children celebrated their First Communion at St. Francis Xavier Church in Friendsville, PA. Pictured above are (front row) Nicholas Dudock, Fiona Griffin, and Patrick Conboy; (back row) Anne Copeland, Religious Education Teacher, and Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church.
Last month, suspended priest Rev. ...
Last month, suspended priest Rev. William Paulish of the Scranton Diocese was sentenced to eight to 23 months in prison.
admitted to meeting a 15-year-old boy for a sexual encounter.
Diocese of Scranton priest, ...
Diocese of Scranton priest, Father William Jeffery Paulish, charged with having sex with boy.
According to an AP article, Rev. ...
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.
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.
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
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.
William Jeffery Paulish's ...
William Jeffery Paulish's lawyer asks public to wait to hear clergyman's defense
"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.
allegedly told police under questioning at the Dunmore police station that he
arranged the meeting via the online site Craigslist.
also allegedly told police he
asked the teen three times whether he
was 18 before their conversation turned sexual.
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.