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NE Pa. priest facing sex charges with underage boy

September 21, 2013
Associated Press

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Catholic priest whose ministry included counseling troubled youths is facing charges in northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he admitted to sex acts with a 15-year-old boy.

The Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to post $50,000 bail Friday.

The charges involve sexual contact with a minor. Court records didn't list a lawyer for Paulish.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports ( ) that the 56-year-old Paulish has been reassigned 15 times by the Diocese of Scranton after being ordained in 1988 and has had three separate leaves of absence.

The diocese didn't respond to the newspaper's requests to explain the reassignments and absences. In a press release, the diocese says it removed Paulish from his assignment as assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,



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