Kentucky priest arrested in Pinellas for child porn

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A Louisville, Kentucky priest under investigation by the FBI for child pornography was arrested in Indian Rocks Beach around 9 p.m. Friday night, according to arrest documents.

Father Stephen Pohl resigned from his pastor position at St. Margaret Mary Parish on August 20, following the FBI investigation.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off  to Pohl’s location by the FBI who had a warrant for his arrest out of Louisville.

10 News’ reporter Marcus Grayson has discovered additional details about Pohl’s location and capture. Grayson spoke over telephone to Pohl’s sister, who maintains a residence part-time in Indian Rocks Beach.

A Kentucky priest, Stephen Pohl, that is a subject of a FBI investigation into child pornography possession was arrested Friday in Indian Rocks Beach. WTSP

According to Pohl’s sister,  Pohl was found living in her residence days after his resignation. Pohl’s sister is currently not residing in the house and is at her main residence in Indiana.

Stay with 10 News for Marcus Grayson’s report at 6 p.m. for additional details, including audio from neighbors who witnessed the police activity.

The archdiocese said Pohl resigned so he could give his full attention to the situation he is facing and “…so that St. Margaret Mary Parish can move forward…”.

The archdiocese said they have talked to police and will continue to cooperate with the investigation as it continues. They are concentrating on safety and pastoral care by providing an extra counselor at the school.

The Archdiocese of Louisville said Pohl had up to 200 photographs of St. Margaret Mary School students in his computer and were taken on parish grounds.

The archdiocese said ‘…authorities described some of the pics as inappropriate.’

The Cyber Crimes Unit of the FBI is investigating Pohl. According to the church, they found child pornography on his computer and other technology. The investigation will take months, according to the archdiocese, and they are asking parents who may have a child in a photo to contact the FBI.

At this time it is not known if any other school employees are involved in this investigation, according to the Archdiocese of Louisville.

They said the investigation began after a child took a photo they were uncomfortable with and the student’s parents turned the picture into authorities.

Father Mark Spalding will be the temporary administrator at St. Margaret Mary Parish until the archdiocese pinpoints a permanent pastor.

Source: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/08/22/pastor-st-margaret-mary-parish-resigns-amid-fbi-investigation/32189297/