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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Article By: MARK RECCEK Special to The Press

Friday, August 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in Local News

Catty scoutmaster charged with sexual assault

A 50-year-old Catasauqua Boy Scout leader has been charged with exposing himself to Scouts in his care and supervision.

Stephen Piller, of 214 E. Wood St., was arraigned Thursday morning before District Judge Michael D’Amore. Piller was charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five counts of indecent assault.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen received information March 17 that a sexual assault may have taken place in Catasauqua.

Millen interviewed three alleged victims. The first boy said he initially met Piller when he jointed the Scouts in 2011. According to the boy, Piller began buying him clothing and equipment when the boy was 14 years old.

The complaint said things started to get physical when the boy started staying over Piller’s residence. Specifically, the boy said, in the morning hours Piller would exit the shower and attempt to hug the boy. Also, Piller would try to wake the boy by touching him while he was sleeping inside his sleeping bag.

He also said Piller would engage him in wrestling and insert his hand down his pants. The affidavit said the events took place between 2012 and 2015.

A second young boy was also interviewed by Millen. According the affidavit, the boy, who joined the Scouts in 2008, would often travel to Piller’s home after Scout meetings. The boy said physical contact between the two of them started in 2010 with wresting on Piller’s bed that eventually led to inappropriate contact.

The complaint noted the second boy said Piller took photos of him on the bed. The complaint further said the boy told Millen Piller entered his tent at Camp Trexler and rubbed him to wake him up.

The third young boy interviewed, who started in Scouts in 2007, said he would often go to the home of Piller after meetings where Piller would inappropriately touch him. Piller continued to sexually assault the boy at Camp Trexler up until 2014.

Attorney Michael E. Moyer is representing Piller who, local media reported, turned himself in voluntarily Thursday and was released on $100,000 bail.

Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is a first-degree felony. Indecent assault is a second-degree misdemeanor.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Sept. Sept. 6 in D’Amore’s office.