Grand jury indicts former Louisville pastor on child exploitation charges
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A grand jury has indicted a former pastor of a Louisville parish on charges that he violated federal child exploitation laws.
The charges were brought against Stephen Pohl, former pastor of the St. Margaret Mary parish, located on Shelbyville Road, according to U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
Authorities say Pohl used the Internet to view child pornography images between January and August of this year.
Pohl was initially charged through a criminal complaint back in August. He was arrested and held at the jail in Pinellas County, Florida, before being brought back to Kentucky by U.S. Marshals.
The charges were brought against him after law enforcement officials searched Pohl's work and living areas at St. Margaret Mary.
If convicted of the charges, Pohl could face 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release.
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