Old Forge Priest Charged with Sex Crimes against Teen Met through Craigslist

By Joseph Kohut
September 20, 2013

An assistant pastor from an Old Forge church is charged for sex crimes involving a 15-year-old boy, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McCambridge said.

Reverend William Jeffery Paulish, of Blakely, was caught by Penn State Worthington-Scranton security in a car in a parking lot with the teen around 9:30 last night, she said.

It wasn't immediately clear what the security guards saw in the car, but it raised enough suspicion to call police, Miss McCambridge said.

Miss McCambridge said the priest had arranged the encounter with the boy through an advertisement on Craigslist.

Rev. Paulish is an assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge, according to the church web site.

It's unclear if there are more victims and the district attorney's office is asking anyone that had any sort of similar encounter come forward.

Rev. Paulish is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16, indecent assault of a person under 16, indecent exposure, corruption of minors and unlawful contact. He was remanded to Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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