Former St. Margaret Mary Parish pastor scheduled for change of plea

January 4, 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A change is expected Monday in the case of a Louisville priest accused of child exploitation.
Former St. Margaret Mary Parish pastor Stephen Pohl was scheduled to go on federal trial this month. By he is now scheduled to appear for a change of plea hearing. 

Authorities say Pohl violated federal child exploitation laws, when he was pastor at the parish on Shelbyville Road. He was first charged with the crime back in August and resigned after a student came forward. The boy said he was asked to pose in provocative positions.

Pohl is also accused of using the Internet to view child pornography images between January and August of last year.  A Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Louisville said Father Pohl had up to 200 reported photos of St. Margaret Mary children in his possession. Those pictures were all apparently all taken on parish grounds.
Charges were brought against Pohl after law enforcement officials searched his workplace and living areas.

Pohl could spend 10 years in prison, if convicted.


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