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June 3, 2014

Priest sentenced to prison for tryst with teen boy

SCRANTON — A northeastern Pennsylvania priest who was caught having sex with a 15-year-old boy in a parked car is going to prison.

A judge in Lackawanna County on Tuesday sentenced the Rev. W. Jeffery Paulish to spend eight to 23 months behind bars.

The 57-year-old priest pleaded guilty in January to one count of felony corruption of minors.

Paulish was an assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.

Police said he was spotted by police in a parked car with the partially undressed teenage boy.

The Scranton Diocese suspended Paulish from his duties. He apologized in court Tuesday to the diocese, his friends and family, and the victim.

Prosecutors said Paulish admitted arranging the encounter through an online ad.


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