Fr. William Jeffrey Paulish

Ordained: 1988
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Assigned to 16 parishes over 25 years. Worked at Lourdesmont, a facility for troubled teen boys and girls in 1983, prior to ordination. After return from 8-month leave of absence – his 4th since ordination – in 7/13, assigned as assistant pastor to Prince of Peace parish in Old Forge. Found in car 9/19/13 on local college campus having sex with 15-year-old boy he met on internet. Arrested. Said boy told him he was 18. Released on bail 9/24. Bishop removed his faculties and placed him on leave. Pled guilty 1/22/14. Sentenced 6/3/14 to 8-23 months in jail. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Lawsuit filed 11/18 alleging Paulish abused a teen boy while pastor of St. Mary’s in Old Forge 10/06-5/07. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.

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