Former priest pleads guilty to viewing child pornography

Jan 4, 2016 8:42 PM by News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former Catholic priest accused of taking inappropriate pictures of students at his school is facing nearly three years in federal prison for viewing child pornography on a computer.

Stephen Pohl pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to one count of accessing child pornography. The 57-year-old was head pastor at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, which includes a school campus.

Federal prosecutors reached a plea deal with Pohl that, if accepted by a judge, would send him to prison for 33 months. He will be sentenced March 29.

Investigators found dozens of photos that Pohl had taken of students at his school, but an affidavit says none was considered pornographic. But the affidavit says police did find Pohl had accessed child porn images on the Internet.

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