Former Louisville Priest Indicted on Child Porn Charges
By Laurel Mallory
November 3, 2015
|Stephen Pohl was arrested in Florida after he resigned from St. Margaret Mary. (Source: WFLA)|
The priest at the center of a child pornography case has been indicted by a grand jury.
Stephen Pohl, former pastor of St. Margaret Mary parish in Louisville, was charged with violating federal child exploitation laws on Nov. 3 in United States District Court.
The indictment accuses Pohl, 57, of knowingly viewing child porn on the internet between Jan. and Aug. 2015.
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A parent whose child attends St. Margaret Mary complained the student was uncomfortable when Pohl asked him/her to pose for a picture. Pohl was immediately investigated by the FBI and Louisville Metro Police Departmentís Crimes Against Children Unit.
He then resigned from St. Margaret Mary and was arrested in Florida a short time later.
Detectives found pictures of students on Pohlís computer, but the children were all fully clothed. At the same time, church leaders announced that porn was found during the investigation.
Pohl was originally charged by criminal complaint on Aug. 21, 2015.
He will face trial. If convicted, Pohl faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of probation.