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Catty man charged with sexual assault

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in Local News

Inappropriate contact with Scouts alleged between 2010 and 2015

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 Aug. 24 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 criminal complaint, 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 one said he initially met Piller when he jointed the Scouts in 2011. According to his statement, Piller began buying him clothing and equipment when the boy was 14 years old.

According to archived Catasauqua Press news reports, Piller was an adult leader in a troop that met at the former St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church in North Catasauqua.

The complaint said things started to get physical when the boy started staying over at Piller’s residence. Specifically, the boy said, in the morning hours, Piller would exit the shower and attempt to hug him. Also, Piller would try to wake the boy by touching him inappropriately 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 complaint said the events took place between 2012 and 2015.

A second victim was also interviewed by Millen. According to the affidavit, he had joined the Scouts in 2008 and 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 victim said Piller took photos of him on the bed. The complaint further said the victim told Millen that Piller entered his tent at Camp Trexler, a Boy Scout camp in Monroe County, and rubbed him to wake him up.

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

Attorney Michael E. Moyer is representing Piller who, local media reported, turned himself in voluntarily Aug. 24 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. 6 in D’Amore’s office.