Lackawanna County Priest Facing Sex Crime Charges

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September 20, 2013

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Dunmore, Lackawanna County - The assistant pastor of a Lackawanna County church is facing sex crime charges.

William Jeffery Paulish was charged early Friday morning with indecent assault, corruption of minors, indecent exposure and unlawful contact with a minor. He was led out of the Dunmore Police Department around 3 a.m. in handcuffs and taken for arraignment.

Lackawanna County Prosecutors say the investigation began around 9 p.m. Thursday night when security staff at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus noticed a suspicious vehicle in their parking lot. Police responded and they allegedly found Paulish in the vehicle with a 15-year-old boy. Police say the boy had no pants on at the time.

Paulish told investigators he placed an ad on Craigslist looking for companionship and the boy responded and they met at the Penn State Campus. Paulish told investigators he asked the boy three times if he was 18-years-old.

According to its website, Paulish is the assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.

Detectives also served a search warrant at Paulish's home in Blakey around 4:15 a.m. and seized a computer.


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