Father W. Jeffrey Paulish – Diocese of Scranton
Leaves of absence: 2004, 2005-2006, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Arrested/removed from ministry: 2013
Convicted (by guilty plea): 2014
Assigned as follows:
- 1988-1991 Our Lady of the Snows (Clarks Summit, PA)
- 1991-1992 Annunciation (Williamsport, PA)
- 1992 St. Cecilia (Exeter, PA)
- 1992-1993 Most Precious Blood (Hazleton, PA)
- 1993-1994 Sacred Heart (Peckville, PA)
- 1994-2000 Little Flower Manor (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
- 2000-2004 St. Francis Xavier (Friendsville, PA)/St. Patrick (Middletown, PA)/St. Thomas the Apostle (Little Meadows, PA)
- 2004 Leave of Absence
- 2004-2005 St. Joseph (Minooka, PA)/Immaculate Conception (Taylor, PA)/St. John the Baptist (Taylor, PA)
- 2005 St. Mary’s Villa (Elmhurst, PA)
- 2005-2006 Leave of Absence
- 2006 St. Cecilia (Exeter, PA)
- 2006-2008 St. Mary (Old Forge, PA)
- 2008-2011 St. Elizabeth (Bear Creek, PA)
- 2011-2012 Leave of Absence
- 2012 Holy Cross (Olyphant, PA)
- 2012-2013 Leave of Absence
- 2013 Prince of Peace (Old Forge, PA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father W. Jeffrey Paulish:
In September 2013, the Diocese of Scranton was notified by the local prosecutor that Father William Jeffrey Paulish was in police custody after he was caught having sex with a 15 year old boy. Campus security at the University of Scranton caught him in the act. He was convicted by guilty plea in January 2014 and sentenced to 8 to 23 months in prison.
Paulish is still alive and residing in the Blakely, Pennsylvania, area. He continues to be a Tier 1 registered sex offender. His most recent photograph is posted above (on the right).
Notably, Paulish remains a member of the priesthood, though not in active ministry. According to the Diocese of Scranton he has been “sentenced to a life of prayer and penance.” The extent of his daily monitoring by the Diocese of Scranton is not known.
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