Lawsuit: Archdiocese of Louisville didn't protect students from Pohl

Lawsuit: Archdiocese of Louisville didn't protect students from Pohl
Stephen Pohl (Source: LMDC)
Stephen Pohl (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The parents of a Louisville Catholic school student are suing the Archdiocese of Louisville in the wake of a priest's conviction of child pornography.

WAVE 3 News is not naming the plaintiffs to protect the identity of the child.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Jefferson Circuit Court, claims the Archdiocese do not do enough to protect the child from the actions of Father Stephen Pohl.

In January, Pohl pleaded guilty to knowingly accessing child pornography and was sentenced to 33 months in prison and supervised release for life. He must also register as a sex offender.

In addition to photos of naked children found on Pohl's computers, investigators found hundreds of non-pornographic photos of St. Margaret Mary Parish students on Pohl's phone. Those pictures were described as "weird" by some of the students.

Allegations in the lawsuit state promises made by the Archdiocese of Louisville to assure children's safety were not upheld. The parents also believe the Archdiocese was negligent in vetting Pohl during the hiring process, did not properly warn parishioners about his actions and did not report suspected sexual exploitation to law enforcement.

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