Former Pittsburgh priest accused of filming boy in target bathroom – CBS Pittsburgh
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By: KDKA-TV News Team
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former priest named in the state grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse is accused of taping a 13-year-old boy in the toilet at Target in East Liberty.
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The victim was in the bathroom when she noticed someone filming him through the cabin crack, according to the criminal complaint. His father reported a security guard, who confronted Paul Spisak, 77, as he was getting out of the bathroom.
Spisak told the officer he was “just playing solitaire” on his phone, and the criminal complaint said Pittsburgh police had arrived to grab Spisak as he tried to get away.
He eventually admitted to filming the boy, according to the criminal complaint, and when police searched his phone, investigators said they found photos of the victim and other people using the toilet.
“It’s just, like, unbelievable. These are things people shouldn’t be doing, especially kids. It’s a bit mean, ”said McKees Rocks resident Ebony Stevenson.
Police said they were working to obtain a search warrant.
Court documents indicate that Spisak’s address is Saint John Vianney Moore, a residence for retired priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Spisak was named in the scathing 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report investigating church sex abuse. He was also arrested in 2006 after recording someone in the men’s restroom at the South Hills Village shopping center and throwing the memory card down the toilet, according to the report.
He was removed from his post in 2002, the Diocese of Pittsburgh said. The diocese said it was not aware of his arrest until the KDKA asked for comment. He could be fired for violating the conditions of his residence.
“I have a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old and a 7-year-old, so I would never, ever want to see another child go through something like this,” Stevenson said.
For the alleged incident at Target, he faces privacy invasion and child pornography charges.
Chris Hoffman will have more of this story on KDKA Evening News.
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