Northeastern Pa. Priest Pleads Guilty to Corruption of Minors

Pocono Record
January 22, 2014

SCRANTON (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania priest who police said was caught having sex with a 15-year-old boy in a parked car has pleaded guilty.

WNEP-TV said Wednesday that the Rev. W. Jeffery Paulish pleaded guilty to one count of felony corruption of minors.

The Lackawanna County district attorney’s office said he will be sentenced in about three months.

Paulish was an assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.

Police said the 56-year-old priest was spotted in a car in a parking lot with the partially undressed teen in September by Penn State’s Worthington-Scranton campus security.

The Scranton Diocese has suspended Paulish from his duties.

Investigators said at the time of his arrest, Paulish admitted arranging the encounter through an online ad.


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