- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Louisville says a local pastor has been placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into child pornography.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1LfknmC) reports Father Stephen A. Pohl of St. Margaret Mary Parish was put on leave after the Archdiocese said it learned about an investigation “to determine if he has possessed or distributed child pornography.”

Archdiocese spokeswoman Cecelia Price says a cyber-crimes task force is conducting the investigation.

Price didn’t provide any other details, except that she’s not aware of any other disciplinary issues involving Pohl, who was ordained in 1985 and has been at the parish since 2008.

Parishioners were to be notified over the weekend.

“We realize that this is a painful situation,” Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz wrote in a letter to parishioners dated Aug. 14. “As more information becomes available, we will be in touch about opportunities to address your concerns and questions.”

Jeff Koenig, a local chapter leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an advocacy and support group, said he hopes the Archdiocese “continues to be transparent.”

The Rev. J. Mark Spalding, vicar general and pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, has been named as the temporary administrator of St. Margaret Mary Parish.


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

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