By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former priest accused of sexually abusing priests accused a 13-year-old boy in a bathroom at a Target in East Liberty, Public Affairs reports.
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The victim was in the bathroom when someone noticed a crack in the stall during filming, the criminal complaint said. His father hunkers down as a security officer, stopping 77-year-old Paul Spisak from leaving the toilet.
Spasak reported he was just playing “Solitaire” on the phone, and the criminal complaint says Pittsburgh police came to arrest Spasak as he tried to drive away.
The boy stopped filming, and while police were investigating the phone, they said they found images of the victim and other users of the bathroom, the criminal complaint said.
“It’s, like, unbelievable. They shouldn’t be doing these things, especially to kids. It’s kind of disgusting,” McKees Rocks resident Ebony Stevenson said.
Police said they tried their best to trace the receipt.
Court documents list Spisak as St. John Vianney Moore, a residence for retired priests of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Spisak pleaded guilty in a scathing 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report into the church’s sexual abuse investigation. He was also arrested in 2006 after he remembered someone in a man’s bathroom at the Mall of the Mountains Village and a memory card in the bathroom, according to the All Red Report.
He was removed from ministry in 2002, the Diocese of Pittsburgh said. The diocese said it was unaware of his arrest until it returned KDKA’s requests for comment. Removal may violate residency requirements.
“I have a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a 7-year-old, so I’ve never seen another kid go through something like that,” Stevenson said.
In connection with the incident, he faces charges of invasion of privacy and child pornography.
Chris Hoffman will have more on this story at DKA’s New News.