Ex-pastor facing child porn charge pleads not guilty

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Stephen, Pohl
Stephen Pohl

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A former Catholic priest charged with viewing child pornography at his Louisville church has pleaded not guilty in federal court.

Federal investigators say 57-year-old Stephen Pohl used computers at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, where he worked.

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The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1N6hVdu ) Pohl pleaded not guilty to one count of accessing child porn Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

Shortly after resigning, Pohl was arrested in Florida in August and charged. A criminal complaint says searches of the church office and rectory revealed Pohl viewed multiple pornographic online images of nude boys ranging in age from infancy to mid-teens.

Pohl was allowed to live under house arrest with his mother after a hearing in September.



Magistrate Judge Colin Lindsay set a trial date for Jan. 12.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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