Victim says accused priest took 'weird' photos of schoolboys

Victim says accused priest took 'weird' photos of schoolboys

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The priest at the center of a child-porn investigation took "weird" photos of boys from his parish, according to new documents just obtained by WAVE3.com.

Father Stephen Pohl was arrested Friday night in Florida, just hours after he resigned from his position at St. Margaret Mary, and days after he was placed on leave pending the investigation.

On Monday, WAVE 3 News obtained the nine-page criminal complaint that includes accounts from two schoolboys of photos Pohl took of them.

[READ: Criminal complaint against Pohl]

One boy said he was part of a group photo taken outside the church. And as the students were walking back inside, Pohl asked the boy if he could take photos of him individually, which the boy allowed. The boy told investigators that he told Pohl "this is weird," the documents said.

When the boy saw his mother later that day, he told her what happened, and she called Pohl requesting to see the photos.

Pohl sent the group photo and one of the individual photos, but not all of them, the documents claim. The mother emailed twice more and even called Pohl, requesting to see all of the photos.

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During the exchange, Pohl indicated that he had deleted some of the images.

But the next day, as the boy's parents were shopping, they saw Pohl and demanded to see his cellphone. Pohl was "shaking like a leaf," the parents told investigators, as they looked through his phone and found many more photos.

The parents told Pohl some of the images were "highly inappropriate." According to the documents, none of the images contained nudity, but many of them had the boys in suggestive poses.

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Investigators said none of the photographs of the St. Margaret Mary students constitutes child pornography, but after they seized two of Pohl's computers and digital storage devices, they found pictures of naked children.

Pohl began pastoral service at St. Margaret Mary in 2008. The parish school serves more than 700 children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

He graduated from Trinity High School in 1977 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2010.

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