LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – On the same day as Pastor Stephen Pohl’s sentencing two parents came forward with a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Richard and Christina Gallahue said their son was one of the children Pohl took pictures of and the Archdiocese did not report Pohl even though they knew that it was happening.
“We trusted the leaders of the church to protect our children. They took a pledge to protect them, we thought they'd be safe and we expected that when they were under their care,” Christeena Gallahue said.
“There is not any policy or procedure in place to deal with the issue of pornography, accessing pornography through wifi equipment owned and operated by the archdioceses. Hopefully if nothing else, this lawsuit will accomplish that,” William McMurry, an attorney for the Gallahue family, said.
The Gallahues said they think there should be some type of system in place that helps prevent this from happening again to someone else's child. They're also asking that all of the pictures and evidence not be destroyed so they can see how long this has been happening and the types of pictures that were taken.
The Archdiocese of Louisville said they cannot comment on pending litigation.