A priest has been jailed for three years for sexually molesting children left in his care after it was discovered that he was involved in child pornography.
Stephen Pohl was arrested after cops seized his computer during an investigation.
According to Dailystar, when policed began looking into Pohl after a 10-year-old student told his parents he felt “weird” about some the priest had taken. The 57-year-old, who was head pastor at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Louisville, told the child “to place his hands on his knees and move his legs apart” for the photos, according to cops.
Angry and let down, the boy’s parents confronted the priest after they saw him out shopping, asking him to show them the pictures on his mobile phone.
After Pohl handed the phone over, the parents found several pictures of other young boys.
But the priest was not charged with any crime related to taking the photos because the children were clothed.
Cops searched his living quarters at the church in August last year and found around 200 photos of children from the school, though none was considered pornographic, according to a letter to parents from the archdiocese.
One of the snaps of the 10-year-old student was focused on his genital area but he was clothed, according to officers.
During the sentencing Pohl read from a brief written statement that he was sorry for all the “sadness, pain and anger” he caused to friends, family and the church’s members.