Priest with Luzerne County Ties Accused of Sex with Teen

By Roger Dupuis
September 20, 2013

SCRANTON — A Lackawanna County priest who formerly worked in Luzerne County has been suspended from his post at an Old Forge parish after he allegedly was caught having sex with a boy in a car on a college campus.

The Rev. William Jeffery Paulish, 56, faces charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault after campus security said they discovered Paulish in a parked vehicle with the 15-year-old Thursday night.

Paulish has been serving as an assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge, but in past years was assigned to posts in Exeter, Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre and Bear Creek, according to Diocese of Scranton records.

Diocesan officials pledged to cooperate with investigators.



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