Priest Accused of Sex Assault Released on Bail

By Joseph Kohut
Citizens Voice
September 25, 2013

A Lackawanna County priest accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy posted $50,000 bail Tuesday.

The Rev. William Paulish, 56, of Blakely, made bail by posting his house as collateral, court records show.

He was arrested last week after he was caught in his 2009 Toyota Venza with a 15-year-old. He faces a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16 and related charges.

The Citizens' Voice does not identify victims of sexual assault.

The Rev. Paulish was scheduled to appear before a magistrate on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing, but a motion for continuance filed by his attorney, Bernard Brown, was granted Tuesday. A new hearing date has not been scheduled.

The Rev. Paulish is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol or have contact with the victim or minors while out on bail.


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