Former Pittsburgh Priest Secretly Filmed Teen Boy in Target Store Bathroom

While this incident occurred after the priest left the priesthood, it again confirms the Church has failed to appropriately screen individuals prior to ordination.

A former priest named in the 2018 Catholic Church abuse report was arrested Tuesday after police said he filmed a teenage boy in the bathroom of an East Liberty Target store, according to court records.

Paul G. Spisak, 77, of East Carnegie, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, invasion of privacy and possession of child pornography. He is accused of using his iPhone to record a 13-year-old boy through a gap in the bathroom stalls at the Target on Penn Avenue.

Spisak, a former priest, pleaded guilty to a similar incident at South Hills Village mall in 2006, according to a statewide grand jury report.

In the East Liberty incident, an officer arrived at the Penn Avenue store and found Spisak in his car trying to leave as another man was trying to stop him from doing so, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

The man said his 13-year-old son had been in the store bathroom when he noticed someone holding their phone up to a crack between the stall wall and door, the complaint said. He described the device as a black iPhone with several camera lenses and a fold-over case.

Police said the boy left the bathroom and told his father what happened.

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