Trial begins for retired Council Bluffs priest who’s accused of invading students’ privacy by looking at their genitals


By Mike Bell / World-Herald News Service

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The trial of the Rev. Paul Monahan began Tuesday, with the retired Council Bluffs priest and former principal of St. Albert facing five counts of invasion of privacy after allegedly looking at high school students’ genitals in a public restroom.

Authorities allege that Monahan, 83, would stand next to students while they were using the urinal during a track meet at Treynor High School on April 4.

Monahan was suspended July 8 from all public ministries, according to the Diocese of Des Moines, pending the outcome of his case.

During court proceedings, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Doug Hammerand brought several of the students to the stand.

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