Catholic Deacon Arrested for Having Child Pornography
By Phil Yacuboski
March 1, 2013
|William Steven Albaugh, of the unit block of Treadway Court, was arrested Friday morning just before 8 o'clock. Albaugh is the deacon of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 8400-block of Belair Road in Nottingham.|
Police in Baltimore County have arrested a 67-year-old Fullerton man and charged with him with having child pornography.
William Steven Albaugh, of the unit block of Treadway Court, was arrested Friday morning just before 8 o'clock. Albaugh is the deacon of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 8400-block of Belair Road in Nottingham.
He's charged with one count of possession of child pornography and was released on $75,000 bond.
Investigators said they began looking into Albaugh last month when Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of its subscribers had stored images of child pornography on the online "cloud" storage system.
The investigation shows that Albaugh saved images of child pornography on his Verizon Online account and on thumb drives.
Police also said there's no evidence that children at St. Joseph's Catholic Church were victims.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Albaugh was assigned to St. Joseph's in 1996 and spent his entire ministry at the church in Fullerton. Sean Caine says Albaugh been suspended from his duties.
He also said the parish nor the Archdiocese has received any prior allegations against Albaugh. Caine added that he fulfilled all of the child & youth protection requirements of the Archdiocese, which includes a criminal background check.