Lou. pastor on leave pending child porn investigation

August 15, 2015

Father Stephen Pohl is on leave pending an investigation into possible child pornography.

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Parishioners at St. Margaret Mary Parish that attend the Saturday and Sunday Masses this weekend will be notified of an ongoing situation involving Father Stephen A. Pohl while those that do not attend will be informed via a letter from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz.

According to a just released press release from the Archdiocese of Louisville, an FBI Task Force investigation is underway about inappropriate photos of children that have been taken and collected by Father Pohl to determine if he has possessed or distributed child pornography. At this time, the Archdiocese has no other information about this investigation. When an allegation about possible child pornography is received, the following actions are taken in conformity with the Sexual Abuse Policies of the Archdiocese of Louisville:

  • The person who has been accused is placed on an administrative leave of absence.
  • The Archdiocese submits a report to civil authorities, if not already contacted, and fully cooperates with civil authorities as the investigation proceeds.  
  • The Archdiocese conducts an internal investigation of the accusation.

All of these steps are underway.


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